Felony Charges Dropped Against Driver Accused Killing Motorcyclist


UPDATED: Thursday December 19, 2013 10:45 PM

A driver, accused of being on drugs, may face no serious consequences for allegedly killing a father along a Newark road.

A two minute technicality at the crash scene is the listed reason.   

Randle O'Bryan died when police say Anthany Krebs slammed his car into O'Bryan's motorcycle in June on Ohio 16.

A motion to dismiss from the Licking County Common Pleas Court shows Krebs will not face felony charges in the crash.

O'Bryan's family says the most painful part is what the outcome is doing to his children. They keep reliving the pain of their loss.

"It's kind of like, you blinked. I got a phone call and somebody said he was gone and it was such a shock," said O'Bryan's cousin, Debbie LaRue.

Six months after the crash that killed 44-year-old Randy O'Bryan, his family is still mourning their loss and questions what has happened since.

"He took a life, and a life that his kids will never get over," said O'Bryan's aunt, Joyce Pantano.

"I've had a lot of anger. A whole lot of anger since this happened," said LaRue. "There's no justice. There's no justice. I mean, slap on the wrist. He's had slaps on the wrist."

LaRue is referring to the decision handed down by the court to dismiss the felony charge against the driver of the car, 29-year-old Anthany Krebs.

According to the motion to dismiss, the Licking County Assistant Prosecutor noted that, "the Defendant consented to giving a urine sample" at the time of the crash and "that urine sample tested positive for marijuana metabolites and for amphetamine."  

The paperwork says, "that urine sample was collected at 8:30 p.m. The reported time the Highway Patrol was dispatched was 5:40 p.m."

Only upon further review, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that they realized they did not collect the sample within the required 3 hour window because another agency, the Granville Police Department, responded to the scene minutes earlier.

"I understand tests need to be run. I understand there are certain procedures you have to go through, but I mean, he killed my cousin," said LaRue.

LaRue said so many people miss her cousin, Randy.  

"He did everything with his kids, and because of that guy, he'll never see his children again," said Patano.

Krebs faces a first degree misdemeanor charge for vehicular homicide, which means he could face up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the troopers on the scene thought they were working within the time limit and didn't see signs of impairment, but lab results showed otherwise.

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