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Man Pleads Guilty for Fatal Crash in Howland

On Wednesday, January 27th, a male resident of Champion pleaded guilty to charges linked to a fatal crash in Howland. The accident happened on September 20th, 2020. Twenty-four-year-old Damien L. Fish of 5265 N. Park Ave. Extension drove his 2006 Honda Civic into a home, crushing the owner and his dog to death. 

The defendant appeared before Trumbull Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. He will receive his sentence after the court concludes a background investigation on him. Upon sentencing, Fish faces up to 12 years in prison and a possible lifetime driver's license suspension. 

The prosecutor charged him with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of operating a vehicle while impaired. The initial crash report showed that the defendant killed Matthew Burke, 45, of 1313 DeForest Road SE. 

At the time of the fatal crash in Howland, the victim was on Skype with his fiancee, Misty Young, in Canada. The woman witnessed the incident through the video call and heard Burke calling for help before he died. The report disclosed it was the woman who called 911 from her location. 

In a memorandum to the court, Assistant Prosecutor Michael Burnett wrote that Fish drove eastbound erratically, before losing control. The car went off the road, ultimately crashing into the victim's residence. 

The collision impact was so strong that the vehicle went through the wall. It crashed through the floor, and plummeted into the basement, where Burke and his dog were. Ohio State Troopers said Fish recorded a 0.233% blood alcohol content level.

The defendant who suffered two broken neck bones in the accident tested positive for a prescription tranquilizer. Since the occurrence, he has been in jail, pending when he posts a $25 000 bail bond. There is no additional information. 

If you or a loved one are in a traffic accident, contact an Ohio car accident lawyer immediately.

Source: https://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2021/01/driver-pleads-in-fatal-crash/

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