Box truck driver charged in fatal Middletown crash also involving semi

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Crews responded to a crash involving a vehicle and a box truck at Verity Parkway and Lafeyette Avenue on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

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A suburban Cincinnati man has been charged with vehicular homicide and a red light violation after he allegedly was at fault in a fatal crash earlier this month in Middletown.

Bryce Kauffman, 25, of Colerain Twp., is scheduled to have his pre-trial hearing at 9 a.m. Feb. 4 in Middletown Municipal Court, according to records. His arraignment was continued.

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Kauffman allegedly ran a red light Jan. 6 at the corner of Verity Parkway and Lafayette Avenue. Teresa Day, 63, of Middletown, was killed in the crash.

Kauffman’s American Tire Distributors box truck struck Day’s Ford Fusion and pushed the car into a semi truck that was stopped at the red light, according to police.

Day was taken to Atrium Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. She was the only person injured in the crash, police said.

The box truck was equipped with surveillance video and belonged to ATD, according to the search warrant obtained by the Journal-News. When Detective Brook McDonald contacted the company, located in North Carolina, he was told it would not release video footage of the traffic crash without a search warrant.

Police are hoping the video can “support or disprove” the statements of the driver, according to the search warrant.

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