OTTAWA — Alan “Jeff” Ducey, a former Ottawa council member, was
charged last Friday with two counts of vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor
of the first degree. Ducey is charged with operating a motor vehicle
negligently, causing the death of Christine Hayden and Joan M. Beam.
The crash occurred on June 6, on SR 65 near County Road 9-K.
approximately 2:38 p.m., a crash involving three vehicles occurred on
SR 65 near Road 9K in the Township of Ottawa in Putnam County, which
resulted in the death of the two Columbus Grove residents. Ducey, was
northbound on SR 65 approaching stopped traffic at Road 9K. Christine A.
Hayden and her passenger, Joan M. Beam, both of Columbus Grove, were
traveling southbound on SR 65 approaching Road 9K. Asa J. Mortimer,
Columbus Grove, was also southbound on SR 65 behind Hayden’s vehicle.
Ducey drove his vehicle left of center in order to avoid striking the
stopped vehicles ahead of him.
Ducey’s vehicle struck Hayden and
Beam’s southbound vehicle in a head-on collision. Mortimer, who was
still southbound, then struck Hayden and Beam’s vehicle in the rear.
Both Hayden and Bean were killed. Ducey was rushed to St. Rita’s Medical
Center in Lima by Putnam County EMS with serious but non
life-threatening injuries. Mortimer was taken to St. Rita’s Ambulatory
Care in Ottawa by Putnam County EMS with minor injuries where he was
treated and released.
Ducey resigned his position as council
member in an email to Law Director Joseph Schroeder on June 9. His
arraignment has been set for 9 a.m., Sept 9, in Putnam County Municipal
A civil suit has been filed in Putnam County Common Pleas
Court by Christine Hayden’s husband, David Hayden, against Ducey and his
place of employment, Allen County Board of Development Disabilities.
Hayden is seeking more than $25,000. Judge John S. Collier, Henry
County, has been assigned to this case.The pre-trial for this case has
been set for Oct. 8.