Firefighter Facing Homicide Charges Following POV Accident

A volunteer firefighter from Ohio has been indicted as a result of a fatal accident he was involve in last July while responding to a building fire in his personally owned vehicle. A grand jury charged Firefighter Timothy Johnson, 41 with two counts, aggravated vehicular homicide  and aggravated vehicular assault.

The accident occurred in Ottawa County on July 16, 2010, and claimed the life of Ian Huffman, 24. Johnson's speed was estimated at between 96-98 miles per hour. He was in critical condition following the accident, but survived. He faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison if convicted. 

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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