Suspect arrested in hit-and-run that injured deputy

This horrible incident occurred in Springfield Township, OH October 2018. I’m listing it here as a point of reference regarding hit-and-run and traffic justice. It’s also a good reminder that law enforcement officers face significant risks from dangerous drivers, compared to other occupations risks, e.g. bad guys with guns.

A pedestrian who happens to be a sheriff’s deputy was directing traffic at night in a construction zone; he was wearing reflective hi-viz vest and was near his police vehicle which had its emergency lights activated. A driver struck and dragged the deputy who ended up in critical but stable condition.

Nothing was mentioned about impairment. The suspect was located via an anonymous tip ~ 12 hours later… meaning it would be effectively impossible to prove impairment; if there was any.

In Arizona, a driver who is convicted of hit-and-run, despite it being a very serious felony, would be typically given a suspended prison sentence, amounting to no, or a very short jail sentence; and some probation. His drivers license would be (automatically) suspended/revoked for 5 to 10 years; which seems to be the only serious consequence even though, obviously, some will continue to drive anyway, like this convicted hit-and-run killer.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are rarely any criminal charges brought against unimpaired drivers who maim or kill ordinary citizens; when the victim is a law enforcement officer, though, suddenly prosecutors discover that crimes have indeed been committed, and those “unlucky” drivers can be sent to prison. See case of distracted truck driver Jorge Espinoza was sentenced to 6 years prison in the killing of DPS Officer  Tim Huffman near Yuma.

 

Suspect arrested in hit-and-run that injured deputy

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A hit-and-run driver has been arrested after striking a Hamilton County deputy and fleeing the scene, officials with the sheriff’s office said.

Deputy Curtis Taylor, a 21-year veteran with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, was struck by a vehicle on Hamilton Avenue near Sevenhills Drive around 11:45 p.m. Thursday…. He was rushed to the hospital, where he’s listed in critical but stable condition…. Officials said the driver of the Honda, later identified as Daniel Reynolds, 54, of Fairfield, struck and dragged the deputy… the driver of the Honda sped away… Nearly 12 hours after the hit-and-run, investigators said they recovered the vehicle involved and arrested Reynolds in connection with the hit-and-run crash… Neil said a call from an anonymous caller led to Reynolds’ arrest. The tip led investigators to the Fairfield home, officials said, where they found a vehicle matching the suspect car’s description. That car has fresh damage, matching the hit-and-run crash the night before, Neil said.

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