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Driver jailed for forklift death

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 ( #856 ) - Logan, OH, United States
[image|/upload/gallery/4734.jpg|A Logan County man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.
PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK|AlignRight]A Logan County man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for the forklift death of another contract worker two years ago at the Honda R&D Americas facility in Raymond.

John P. Hixon, 51, of Bellefontaine, was charged with one count of reckless homicide for the death of Ghouse Gulam, 61, who died after being struck by a forklift driven by Hixon.

According to trial evidence, Hixon had been seen running as many as six stop signs inside the plant an hour before the crash with Gulam. Hixon was carrying a trash hopper on the forklift.

A report in The Columbus Dispatch says Gulam was crossing a causeway between two buildings at the facility when he was struck and dragged 20 ft. (6 m).

Gulam was taken to hospital, where he died from a crushed skull shortly after the incident.

Hixon worked for Aetna Integrated Systems, which had a contract to remove waste from the facility. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cleared Aetna and Honda of any safety violations which might have contributed to the death.
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