Victim’s family asks no jail in fatal crash
LISBON – At the request of the family of the Rick E. Cyders, the man who died of injuries from a traffic crash last fall, the other driver, Winfred Aderhold, will serve no jail time after he was sentenced by Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Mark Frost on Tuesday.
Frost said a member of the family stood up in the courtroom and made the request, stating Cyders’ family did not want anyone else to lose their father.
“The fact that they are ready to forgive is truly a testament to the person who raised them,” Frost said, adding that is Cyders’ legacy.
Aderhold, 77, Fink Road, Kensington, had previously pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter. Frost fined him to $750, suspended his license for two years and gave him 40 hours community service.
Cyders’ family declined to name a charity for Aderhold to do community service, but in other cases Frost has asked defendants to do their time at a place special to the victim.
The sentence of 90 days of jail was suspended at the request of Cyders’ family. Aderhold will be granted limited driving privileges to scheduled medical appointments and to attend to nearby beekeeping hives.
Aderhold had been driving southbound on Westville Lake Road in Knox Township on Oct. 2, 2012, when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with Georgetown Road and struck another vehicle. He reportedly was on his way home from a medical treatment.
The driver of the other vehicle, Cyders, 64, of Homeworth Road, Homeworth, died as a result of the crash.