Ian’s flip-flops are still by the door on the front porch of his parents’ home, as well as his girlfriend’s tiny white slip-ons right beside them.
His parents have been unable – unwilling, perhaps – to the movie the shoes their son and Olivia Duty had left there on July 16, 2010. The couple had gone out to dinner in Port Clinton, Ohio and then drove over to Sandusky, Ohio to see some friends before Ian left for law school. Ian was following in his father’s footsteps by attending law school.
On the drive home, Olivia’s small car was struck from behind by a pickup truck investigators say was traveling at speeds approaching 100 mph. The driver, Timothy L. Johnson, was northbound on State Rt. 19 on his way to the Portage District fire station in Oak Harbor after the department was called on to bring an aerial ladder truck to a fire.
Ian was killed instantly and Ms. Duty was seriously injured.
Mr. Johnson, who suffered minor injuries, is scheduled to stand trial in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court July 11, 2011 on felony charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault. The 11-year member of the Portage Fire District is charged with “recklessly” causing the death of Ian Huffman and the injuries to Ms. Duty.
To the Huffmans, recklessness goes without saying.
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