Dump truck driver charged in death of Hilliard crossing guard

Police in Hilliard have charged the driver of a dump truck that struck and killed a crossing guard who tried to protect an 8-year-old boy from getting hit.

George Watkins faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of a misdemeanor count of vehicular homicide.

A witness told police that crossing guard Dianna Sharp tried to swoop the boy to safety as the truck bore down on them April 10 in front of Scioto-Darby Elementary School.

Sharp died at a hospital. The boy was seriously injured but has been released from the hospital.

Hilliard Police Chief Rodney Garnett says drugs and alcohol weren’t involved in the accident, and Watkins told police that he simply didn’t see the woman and the boy in the crosswalk.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Watkins has an attorney. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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