XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) - An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the Aug. 17 crash that injured two motorcycle riders.
Dash camera video shows Trooper Jacob Daymon rear-ended the motorcyclists sending them tumbling across the pavement.
A special prosecutor presented the dash camera video and victim testimony to a grand jury that declined to indict the trooper on felony charges.
As a result, special prosecutor Seth Tieger recommended Daymon be charged with Failure to Maintain Assured Clear Distance, a misdemeanor traffic offense.
A supplementary report, released to 2 NEWS Investigates on Monday, shows Daymon is estimated to have been traveling around 80 MPH and was not responding to a call at the time of the crash.
Corey and Amy Waldman were injured as they rode along U.S. Highway 35 in New Jasper Township.
Corey described the crash to 2 NEWS saying "I think I went off to the left side."
"I couldn't see her at all. And we just slid, and slid, and slid. The only time it wouldn't hurt for two seconds is when my helmet would hit the ground."
In the interview, the Waldmans said they forgave Daymon for the crash.
2 NEWS Investigates asked for and was given a copy of Daymon's personal file which shows he's never been disciplined, in fact he was 2012 Trooper of the Year at the Xenia Post.
Xenia Municipal Court told 2 NEWS Investigates Daymon made an appearance Monday morning to make his plea, and the judge set his next court date for October 28 to give the Waldmans enough notice if they would want to attend sentencing.
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