Ohio shuttle driver gets probation in death

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The driver of a central Ohio hospital shuttle bus that struck and killed one researcher and injured another has been sentenced to two years of probation and 80 hours of community service.

A Franklin County judge sentenced 63-year-old Karl Beem on Wednesday after finding him guilty of vehicular manslaughter.

Police say researchers David Newsom and Peter White were hit from behind while walking along a road at Nationwide Children's Hospital in May 2013. They were walking along a road where the sidewalk was blocked due to construction. Newsom died from his injuries.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1s6n26D ) reports that Beem's attorney, in his closing statement, called it a "garden-variety, run-of-the-mill accident" that wouldn't have occurred if the men hadn't been walking in a roadway where they didn't belong.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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