Case continued for driver charged in fatal fiery crash

Tracy Moore
Tracy Moore

The case of a Fairfield man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for a crash in October that killed a woman has been continued for a second time.

PREVIOUS REPORT: Truck driver indicted for homicide following fiery fatal crash in Hamilton

Tracy Moore, 45, was indicted in April by a Butler County grand jury on the second-degree felony charge as well as a lower felony charge of vehicular homicide. He was arraigned in April by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers.

The case was continued last month and Moore was scheduled to be in court again Tuesday to possibly set a trial date, but the hearing was continued after Moore’s attorney Ken Crehan met with the judge.

Moore is scheduled to be back in court July 24.

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On Oct. 20, the concrete bucket truck driven by Moore was traveling west on Ohio 129 near Fair Avenue when it 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.

A preliminary police report obtained by the Journal-News in the fall indicated the truck’s brakes may have failed.

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.