Sunday, November 30, 2003

Bethel man hears verdict Tuesday in traffic fatality

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MILFORD -- A decision is expected Tuesday in the trial of a 62-year-old Bethel man charged with vehicular manslaughter in a July 10 crash that killed a 29-year-old mentally disabled woman.

Robert A. Baker was the driver of a Clermont Transportation Connection bus that collided with a bridge support along U.S. 50.

Tara L. Davis, who lived in a group home in Williamsburg, was thrown from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

Hamilton County Municipal Judge Karla Grady heard arguments Nov. 6.

Baker was transporting four passengers to Stepping Stones Center in Indian Hill for a swim when he hit a curb and then a concrete bridge trestle.

Police said the bus was going about 30 mph. The speed limit is 35 mph.

Baker is accused of failing to maintain control of the vehicle.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.


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