Mother of victim in fatal crash involving trooper: ‘They also need prayers’

Mother of victim in fatal crash involving trooper: ‘They also need prayers’

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol officer who authorities say caused a deadly crash has been released from the hospital.

Authorities say Officer Jeremy Ault was traveling south on State Route 222 near the intersection of Diana Ave in Batavia on Friday when he crossed the center line and struck and killed 36-year-old Anthony Bertram. Ault was en route to a call when he lost control of his cruiser in slick conditions.

As the investigation continues, the victim’s mother, Trina Bertram, is holding on tight to items that belonged to her son.

“He’s got a poker chip, his poker watch, his poker hats, his poker jersey,” she said.

Her son’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday. Trina Bertram says she wants everyone to know about the type of person he was.

“Anthony was a really fun-going person," Bertram said. "He loved to fish, but most of all he loved his poker. He loved his family. He was a really special boy. He cared for others.”

She feels it’s important to thank those who helped her son on the night he was killed and says she’s appreciative of the prayers the family has received.

“He was a very kind person," Bertram said. "He was very, very kind and we are going to miss him terribly.”

Trina Bertram says Ault’s family also needs support.

“State Trooper Ault, his family and he, they also need prayers," she said. "My heart goes out to him and I pray for him. He’s got a lot to deal with. I am just sorry that we all have to go through any of this.”

Bertram also says the family plans on going back out to where the crash happened on Thursday to put another cross where the memorial stands.

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