GEORGETOWN, Ohio — A West Union, Ohio, man recently entered a guilty plea to vehicular manslaughter before Judge Scott T. Gusweiler of the Brown County Court of Common Pleas.
Steven E. Cluxton, 30, was indicted on July 13 by a Brown County grand jury, and was charged with second-degree aggravated vehicular homicide, third-degree aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them and operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance or a listed metabolite of a controlled substance.
According to a crash report made by Officer Kyle Klontz of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, on June 6, Cluxton was driving southbound on U.S. 68 near Georgetown, when he crossed the center line and struck a silver Ford F150, continued on the opposite lane, then collided head-on with a brown GMC Sonoma.
Cluxton was transported to Mount Orab Mercy Medical Center with minor injuries. The two passengers of the F-150 were also taken to Mount Orab Mercy.
The driver of the Sonoma, Taylor Davis, was taken to the University of Cincinnati Hospital. A passenger in the Sonoma, Elethia D. Davis was taken to Mount Orab with life threatening injuries where she later died.
According to the indictment, after a urine test, it was determined that Cluxton had a trace of methamphetamine in his system.
On Aug. 29, Cluxton came before the Brown County Court of Common Pleas and entered a guilty plea to the charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
A sentencing hearing is set for Cluxton on Sept. 18, where the DUI charges will be dismissed.
The state of Ohio also recommends Cluxton to pay a restitution of $477,735.56 to Taylor Davis and a lifetime suspension of his drivers license.