Drunk Driver Gets Four Years for Deadly Cincinnati Truck Accident

It was just before midnight on Aug. 11, when Nick Taylor, 32, of Pheasant Ridge, and the son of a police officer, was drunk behind the wheel.

It was just before midnight on Aug. 11, when Nick Taylor, 32, of Pheasant Ridge, and the son of a police officer, was drunk behind the wheel. His careless actions caused a truck accident in Cincinnati and cost another driver his life. As his 1999 Jeep Cherokee flew down Interstate-75 at 73 miles per hour, he lost control and crossed several lanes of traffic. His vehicle bounced off the guardrail and crashed into Glen Delk's 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck. The truck flipped over the guardrail, catching fire immediately. Delk was partially ejected and killed almost instantly. A few blocks away, Cincinnati Police Capt. Jeff Butler was pulling his cruiser into Camp Washington Chili and heard someone yelling that there had been a serious accident on I-75. Butler turned his car around and headed for the scene. He didn't expect to see his family friend, Taylor, trying to pull Delk out of the burning truck. Butler had known this man since Taylor's childhood - both of their fathers were police officers. But on that night, Taylor was slurring his speech, couldn't keep his balance and had watery, bloodshot eyes. He failed sobriety tests, registering a blood-alcohol content of .197percent, nearly 2 ½ times Ohio's legal limit for drivers. Taylor told police he had been drinking beer just before he began driving that night. In January, Taylor pled guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, and on Feb. 17, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jerome Metz, Jr., sentenced him to four years in prison. Metz also suspended Taylor's driver's license for three years to life. "From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry for your loss," Taylor said to Delk's family and friends, according to Cincinnati.com.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that in 2010, 341 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in Ohio, a 4.9 percent increase from the year before.

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