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Driver in Deadly ODOT Crash Pleads No Contest

DELAWARE COUNTY (Dominique Mondon) -- A man convicted of two misdemeanors in a crash that killed an Ohio Department of Transportation worker in April will not serve any jail time.

Lee Rizor, 27, was operating a backhoe when a semi swerved off road and struck the digger.  Rizor was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fifty-nine-year-old truck driver Dwayne Allen Hill pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors – vehicular manslaughter and failure to maintain his lane.

Prosecutors say Hill fell asleep at the wheel and was seen swerving for up to five miles.

Mary Rizor, the victim’s widow, says Hill drove with total disregard for human life.

Prosecutors say Hill was not found to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, using his cell phone, or driving while distracted, at the time of the crash. The two misdemeanors were all he could be charged with.

He was found guilty and will be sentenced at a later date. Possible sentences do not include jail time.  

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