BUTLER COUNTY — A Fairfield man has admitted guilt in a fiery October 2017 crash that killed a woman on Ohio 129 in Hamilton, the Journal News reported Tuesday.
Tracy Moore, 45, was indicted in April 2018 by a Butler County grand jury on the second-degree felony charge as well as a lower felony charge of vehicular homicide.
A three-day trial was scheduled to begin last week, but Moore pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree aggravated vehicular homicide in Butler County Common Pleas Court, according to court records.
Judge Noah Powers II set sentencing for March 13. Moore faces up to five years in prison, and remains free on bond.
The accident originally occurred on Oct. 20, 2017. Moore was driving the concrete bucket truck west on Ohio 129 near Fair Avenue when he rear-ended the SUV driven by Deanna Gilreath, 58, of Hamilton. Gilreath’s Jeep Liberty burst into flames, and she died at the scene.
A Hamilton police investigation indicated Moore’s license was under suspension at the time of the fatal accident. Moore was driving a truck from Tri-State Concrete located in Hamilton, according to investigators.
The truck was estimated to have been traveling 65 mph when it struck Gilreath’s SUV, according to police. The posted speed limit on Ohio 129 at Fair Avenue is 35 mph.