COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS Investigates has learned that Trooper Jacob Daymon has been disciplined for what the Ohio State Highway Patrol is calling a “preventable patrol car crash.”
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s administrative investigation unit interviewed Trooper Jacob Daymon. Daymon admitted he was looking down at the computer in his patrol car when he hit Corey and Amy Waldman on August 17.
He told investigators he didn’t know how fast he was going, but the crash report said he was driving 81 miles per hour, 16 miles per hour over the speed limit when he hit the motorcycle.
Daymon was convicted of failing to maintain assured clear distance, but was given driving privileges by the judge to continue to do his job.
The internal discipline report concludes, “excessive speed and inattention to the road ahead combined to contribute to the crash.”
As a result of the crash review committee’s findings Trooper Daymon was issued a one-day fine, however, the union representing him had the Ohio State Highway Patrol change it to a one-day suspension without pay. But that’s not how it all ended. Due to a collective bargaining agreement, the trooper was able to burn a vacation day instead. The suspension, will, however, show up on his disciplinary record.
According to the internal investigation documents Daymon stated, “The people thankfully were okay.” But 2 NEWS Investigates spoke with Corey Waldman after getting the Patrol’s report and Waldman said he’s still not okay.
He said because of his injuries he’s not worked one day since the crash. He was reluctant to say more because his attorney is preparing legal action to get the state to pay for the couple’s losses.
Policy allows troopers to use their in-car computers while driving. In November the Public Affairs Commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol told 2 NEWS Investigates that policy would be reviewed. Thursday, that same staff lieutenant said the policy has been reviewed and there will be no changes at this time.