Canton man charged in Route 8 crash that killed Auroran

by JEFF SAUNDERS | REPORTERporter Published:

Stow -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a Canton man in connection with a three-vehicle crash on Route 8 that killed an Aurora man last November.

According to Stow Municipal Court records, James R. Gehring, 34, is charged with second-degree misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, and a warrant was issued for his arrest Feb. 18. As of press time, the warrant was still out for Gehring, according to the court clerk's office.

Stow police said the crash occurred Nov. 29 when a car driven by 34-year-old Daniel Vincent struck the left rear corner of the trailer of the semi-truck that Gehring was driving while they were northbound on Route 8, north of Seasons Road, at about 11:30 p.m.

An Akron woman, driver of a third vehicle, was also involved. She and Vincent were taken by the Stow Fire Department to Akron City Hospital, where Vincent was pronounced dead and the woman was treated and released. Gehring was uninjured.

According to a crash report by the Summit Metro Crash Response Team, Gehring told police that he and the driver of another truck had pulled over to the side of the road to attempt repairing a lighting problem on the trailer of the other truck.

The accident occurred after Gehring pulled his truck back onto the road, the report said, and after the collision, Vincent's car skidded across the road and was struck by the woman's car.

The report concluded that "...James Gehring was negligent in his driving which was the proximate cause of death for Daniel Vincent. As a result, Daniel Vincent had no time to react and safely avoid a collision with the rear of James Gehring's trailer he was pulling."

"While also considering the fact," continued the report, "that Daniel Vincent was not wearing his seatbelt and was traveling at 77 mph just prior to the collision does not exclude the duty James Gehring had to safely enter the roadway from a stopped position. Considering the time of night and the lack of traffic, the fact that Daniel Vincent was going 77 mph was not unreasonable."

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