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The Ashtabula man who crashed into an Amish buggy, is now charged.

Douglas Learn, 42, is charged with dui, driving under suspension and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Learn is locked up in the Geauga County Jail and will have an initial appearance in the Chardon Municipal Court on April 1. The crash remains under investigation and further criminal and or traffic charges may be pending.
The accident happened just before 9 p.m. Sunday on SR 168 in Burton Township.

An Amish buggy was traveling southbound on SR 168 when an SUV failed to stop within an assured clear distance ahead. The SUV struck the buggy and continued south on State Route 168. The explorer became disabled less than a mile from where the crash happened on State Route 700. The buggy was destroyed on impact and remained on scene.

The buggy was driven by Eli Byler, who refused treatment on scene. Four family members were inside the buggy at the time of the crash. Esther, 50, was treated and released. Irene, 23, was also treated and released. Alma, 19 was flown to Metro for precaution. And Joseph, 28, died at the hospital.

The Byler family tells 19 Action News that this is the second time the family buggy has been struck in the last four years.

The family also says that the Byler children are mentally handicapped and having a tough time understanding what's happened.

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