The crash killed 28-year-old Joseph Byler and injured four others on Tavern Road in Burton around 9 p.m. Sunday
BURTON -- An Ashtabula man is in jail charged with causing a fatal Amish buggy accident in Geauga County.
Forty-two-year-old Douglas Learn is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and aggravated vehicular homicide.
The crash killed 28-year-old Joseph Byler and injured four others on Tavern Road in Burton around 9 p.m. Sunday.
Matt Berglund was the first to arrive on the scene.
He still can't believe what he witnessed.
"It's gonna be in my mind for the rest of my life, it really is," said Berglund.
Berglund was on his way to the store when he saw a truck speed away from the buggy sending an entire family, including three adult children, onto the road.
"She was in shock. I held a blanket around her to keep her warm and work with the mother and tell the paramedics who was hurt more than whom," said Berglund.
He immediately called 911.
Investigators say the driver's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit and he was going too fast when he crashed into the buggy.
"Unfortunately this is the second one I've seen at this post. Unfortunately it does happen. There's a large Amish community in Geauga County," said Lt. Mark Neff with the State Highway Patrol.
According to Mission to Amish People or MAP, this is the 14th collision between an Amish buggy and a vehicle this year alone in the country.
Five of the crashes happened in Ohio.
Berglund is relieved that the driver didn't flee too far but wishes he could have done more to help.
"I just want to give my condolences to the family. I hope they can make it through this and find a happier ending to the tragedy they went through," said Berglund.
Learn will appear in court Tuesday morning.
Only one family member remains in the hospital. She's is fair condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.