Driver accused of killing Rumpke worker indicted

Driver accused of killing Rumpke worker indicted
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MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - The driver accused of hitting and killing a Rumpke worker was indicted this week and is set to appear in court next week.

Brian Jankovich was indicted in Butler County Wednesday on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count each of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter, court records show.

He had marijuana in his system and was speeding 42 mph in a 35 mph zone when his tan 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche struck David Evans on Central Avenue and Henkel Road just before 6:30 a.m. July 30, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol crash report.

Evans, 52, of White Oak, was impaled into another vehicle, the report states.

A witness stopped and called 911.

He was airlifted to a Dayton hospital but died on the flight there, according to the crash report.

David Evans (Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer/file)
David Evans (Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer/file)

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Jankovich, 41, was taken to Atrium Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Evans was dressed in appropriate reflective safety gear and all truck safety lights were in operation at the time of the accident, troopers have said.

They also have said they did not find drugs or drug paraphernalia when they searched Jankovich’s pickup truck after the crash before they towed it and that he was cooperating with their investigation.

Jankovich is scheduled to make his first court appearance in the case Monday before Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Greg Stephens.

If convicted on all charges, he faces up to 16 years in prison.

He also likely will lose driving privileges for an extended period of time - or possibly for the rest of his life.

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