Bond set for man in fatal Burton Amish buggy crash

BURTON -- An Ashtabula man was in court this morning to face an aggravated vehicular homicide charge following a crash with an Amish buggy that killed one person and injured three others.

Douglas Learn, 42, was arraigned Tuesday in Chardon Municipal Court where a judge set a $75,000 bond.

A message seeking comment was left with the public defender who represented Learn at the hearing.

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The State Highway Patrol says Learn was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer on Sunday night when it slammed into the back an Amish buggy carrying five members of a family near Burton in Geauga County.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Byler died later at a hospital, and three family members were hurt.

The patrol has said alcohol played a role in the crash.


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