Bar cited, bartender charged in connection to fatal hit-skip

Todd Shaw from Clermont County.
Todd Shaw from Clermont County.
Ethel's Tavern
Ethel's Tavern

UNION TOWNSHIP, CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Clermont County bar has been cited and a bartender charged in connection to a fatal hit-skip crash that killed a bicyclist in February.

Todd Shaw, the man accused of striking bicyclist Fred Carey, purchased 13 alcoholic beverages during the three hours and 38 minutes he was at Ethel's Tavern on February 21, according to courtroom testimony.

Shaw drove away from the Ethel's and hit Carey as he was biking on Roundbottom Road. Carey was a teacher at Cincinnati Country Day.

Ohio Investigative Unit announced Wednesday that Ethel's Tavern, located in Union Township, has been cited for furnishing alcohol to an intoxicated person.

An Ethel's Tavern bartender was also charged for selling alcohol to an intoxicated person. Courtroom testimony at the July 10 sentencing indicated that 'generous pours' were being served to Shaw.

Prosecutors say Ethel's was the second bar that Shaw, who has seven prior drunk driving charges, visited the afternoon of February 21.

The bartender's charges are misdemeanor and the bar citations are civil citations.

Shaw was sentenced to nine and a half years behind bars. He will never be able to drive again as a part of that sentence.

"We opened an investigation, and started what they call a 'traceback' investigation which is an alcohol source investigation, leading to where the alcohol was first sold, and if there was a crash, DUI, some type of fatality that happened, we investigate that," said Harold Torrens with the Ohio Investigative Unit.

Torrens tells FOX19 since the beginning of 2014, there have been more than 110 incidents statewide involving charges like this for bars and bartenders. Of the 19 counties he covers, it's happened 17 times this year.

Carey's wife, Deborah Floyd, is now focusing on keeping other families from feeling the same void she does.

I think it's a great opportunity for us to say, 'wow.  This is not right.  When things aren't right in America, the beautiful thing is, we can fix them," said Floyd.

Starting this fall when she heads back to her classroom, she's enlisting the help of her students to figure out how to rewrite laws concerning habitual OVI offenders to help create "Fred's Law."

"I can't turn to my students and say justice was served.  I don't want to become a slave to bitterness or anger, but I never want another widow to come to me and say the same thing happened to me," Floyd said.

FOX19 visited Ethel's Tavern on Wednesday.  An individual inside reached the owners for comment, which they did not have at this time.

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