Tuesday, April 03, 2001

Driver who killed four denied his license back

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Hamilton County judge Monday denied a request to reinstate the driver's license of a former truck driver who slammed into a church van in 1999, killing four people.

        Clayton Kuehn, 41, had asked to have his license back for personal reasons.

        Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh denied the Cadiz, Ky., man's request.

        When she sentenced Mr. Kuehn to six months in jail and five years' probation for the Aug. 5, 1999 crash along Interstate 275, she forbade him to apply for a driver's license for the next five years. Judge Marsh also ordered him to pay restitution to the victims.

        Mr. Kuehn was driving a 75,000-pound tractor-trailer when he hit the rear of a church van from Knoxville, Tenn. The crash killed Kenneth Sanders, 36; his daughter, Whitney, 11; Oshanna Upton, 16; and Bethany Hayes, 11.

        Prosecutors said Mr. Kuehn failed to maintain a safe distance.

        Mr. Kuehn said he did his best to control his truck but was distracted and looked away from the road. When he looked back, he saw the van's brake lights and attempted to stop, but his brakes locked up.


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