MEDINA — A Spencer man will serve eight years in prison for causing a two-vehicle crash in Spencer Township last year that killed an Elyria man.
Allen Bugg, 58, pleaded no contest in September to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one a second-degree felony and one a third-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, one a third-degree felony and one a fourth-degree felony.
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He was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, and five years in prison one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, as part of a plea agreement. The sentences will be served concurrently. Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier also suspended Bugg’s driver’s license for life..
Bugg was traveling west on New London Eastern Road at about 8 p.m. April 20, 2016, in a 2005 Ford F-350 pickup when he ran through a stop sign and struck a southbound 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix on state Route 301 driven by Randolph Stiles, 55, of Elyria, according to a Ohio Highway Patrol report.
The impact sent the Pontiac off the road and into a utility pole and Stiles was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was on his way to Columbus to visit his sister in the hospital who was battling cancer, another sister, Etta Hardy, said in court Monday.
“She died that Friday (after the accident),” Hardy said. “In less than three days, I lost both of my siblings. A four-day stay turned into a four week nightmare.”
Stiles’ 48-year-old passenger, Lisa Wright, his fiancee, was flown to Summa Akron City Hospital where she was treated for injuries.
“You killed someone that I loved dearly,” Wright, of Elyria, said in court. “I saw Randy killed before my eyes and there was a bullet-proof case around me. The pedestrians that helped me said they saw angels around me.”
Bugg was transported and treated at Lodi General Hospital. His passenger, wife Lois Bugg, 56, was flown to Akron General Hospital and later released.
According to the crash report, Bugg’s blood-alcohol content was 0.137 percent.
“I just wish Mr. Bugg took additional steps before driving his heavy-duty truck while drinking,” Hardy said. “My prayer is that Mr. Bugg will never get behind the wheel again, especially since it seems he can’t without drinking.”
Bugg has a history of traffic convictions in Medina Municipal Court including operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Hardy said her brother was “born a comedian” and will be remembered for his “flashy dressing” and “use of strong fragrance.”
“He was the life of the party at family gatherings,” she said.
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