West Milton officer cleared in fatal crash


By Michael Ullery - mullery@civitasmedia.com



PIQUA — A West Milton police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a fatal traffic crash in West Milton on Nov. 6.

Officer Jason Stevens, 38, had just gotten off-duty on the night of Nov. 6, and was traveling in his personal vehicle south on Miami Street when he struck Tina L. Miller, 45, and her dog, who were crossing the highway on foot.

Both Miller and her dog died at the scene.

The crash was investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, who sent a crash reconstruction team to the scene that night.

Lt. Joe Gephart of the Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that investigation findings indicate, “The pedestrian was found to be the ‘at fault’ unit in the crash.”

“Her actions failed to yield to the vehicle driven by Stevens,” said Gephart.

Piqua City Attorney Stacy Wall served as a special prosecutor in the case. Her determination was that Officer Stevens was determined to have not been at fault. “The evidence does not support a finding that Stevens was at fault,” said Gephart.

West Milton Police Chief Harry Busse said that Stevens has not yet returned to duty.

Gephart said that the highway patrol is still waiting on the coroner’s report. A supplement to the final report will be added when that is completed.

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By Michael Ullery

mullery@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335

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