CINCINNATI (FOX19) - An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper will serve no jail time for his role in crash that killed a 36-year-old Clermont County man earlier this year, a Clermont County judge said Friday.
Trooper Jeremy Ault received two years community control and 80 hours community service speaking to young drivers.
He also was ordered to pay more than $6,000 in restitution and will have limited driving privileges.
Ault pleaded guilty last month to a charge of vehicular homicide.
In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped a vehicular manslaughter charge.
The judge said this incident was a “tragic accident, but it was certainly not intentional on Mr. Ault’s part.”
Before sentencing, Anthony Bertram’s mother talked about her son and the pain they still feel eight months after losing him.
“We didn’t get to say goodbye, give him another hug or kiss, have him around or tell him how much we love him. He was just ripped away from us,” Trina Bertram said.
Trooper Ault was responding to a call when he control of his cruiser in slick conditions on Ohio 222 in Batavia on Jan. 4.
His cruiser crossed the center line near the intersection of Diana Avenue and struck Bertram’s northbound Ford pickup truck head-on.
Bertram was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ault remains on occupational injury leave while he continues to recover from injuries he suffered in the crash, patrol officials said Friday.
He was in a wheelchair until recently, his lawyer said.
Ault came to court limping and using a cane. He apologized to Bertram’s family.
“I’m terribly sorry for the loss they suffered that evening. I wish that it would’ve ended differently than in the way it did,” Trooper Ault said.
Bertram’s family said in court Ault should lose his job.
The judge told them that’s up to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
“There was no computer usage, no activity at all. Other than him driving. Even in that circumstance where he’s trained, it still happened. Hopefully, it can encourage people to understand. There’s always a need for more attention, a need to be careful,” Ault’s attorney Joshua Crousey said.