Batavia Twp Trustee elect killed while taking out garbage

Jim Bushman
Jim Bushman

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - A man taking out his trash in Clermont County was struck and killed by a collision between two vehicles. Four others were injured in the accident.

The Ohio State Patrol Batavia Post is investigating the crash that reportedly involved a pick-up truck and a van; the truck was allegedly trying to pass the van when the incident occurred.

The man killed in the accident is Jim Bushman, the Batavia Township Trustee elect. He was to take office January 1. Bushman is the husband of Clermont County Auditor Linda Fraley.

Dispatchers say the two vehicles were involved in the crash around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of SR 132 and Judd Road, just south of Batavia. He previously served as a township trustee from 1999-2003.

Jarrod Brewster, 43, of Cincinnati, was driving a 2001 Ford E-350 van northbound on SR 132 when he was struck by Jack J. Richards Jr., 21 of Amelia, driving a Chevrolet pickup. Ohio State Patrol says Richards was trying to pass Brewster when he lost control and hit the left side of Brewster's van.

Richards then went off the left side of the road, hit and killed Bushman. Both drivers were taken to nearby hospitals, including two passengers in Richards pickup.

"We are shocked and saddened at the news of Jim's death," said Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons. "Jim was just an outstanding individual. He was a great family man and cared a lot about Batavia Township. We will miss him."

Clermont County Commissioner Archie Wilson is a long-time friend of Bushman.

"He was the type of guy people would meet and soon feel like they had known him their entire life," said Wilson. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. This is such a great loss."

"Jim was one of the nicest guys," reflected Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud. "He worked hard for every cause he was involved with and was dedicated to making his community a great place to live and work."

Bushman retired from Cincinnati Milacron. He previously worked as a bailiff in Clermont Juvenile Court and served as a member of the Batavia School Board. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Bushman was a member of numerous community groups including the Rotary Club.

Ohio State Patrol is still investigating the crash and no charges have been filed thus far.

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