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OSHP: Warren firefighter who died in crash had no valid license



Published: Thu, July 26, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

Staff report

SOUTHINGTON

Marc Titus, the Warren firefighter who died in a June motorcycle accident, was not impaired but was driving under a suspended license when his bike struck a tractor-trailer, state highway patrol officials said.

Titus, 46, of Cortland, died June 8 after his motorcycle struck the semi in the northbound lane of state Route 11, after the truck had struck the King-Graves Road overpass in Fowler Township and overturned. Titus was ejected from his bike. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lt. Brian Holt, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said Titus’ blood-alcohol content was 0.05 at the time of the crash; the legal limit in Ohio is 0.08. Titus’ license, however, had been suspended in December 2011 after he was arrested in Cortland for failure to control and driving under the influence, according to his driving records from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The suspension would have been in place through November 2013.

Judge Thomas Campbell, of the Trumbull County Central Court in Cortland, said he had granted Titus occupational driving privileges but denied a request for nonoccupational privileges.

Holt said that the case of the accident was turned over to the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s office, so he couldn’t comment on the specifics of the incident, Titus’ suspensions or whether charges would be filed against the driver of the tractor-trailer, James Black Jr., 49, of Sharon, Pa.

“We have submitted all of that to the prosecutor for review,” he said. “It may take some time.”

Previously, Titus had his license suspended four other times from 2001 to 2007 for operating a vehicle while impaired.

In 2001, he was given two separate license suspensions on the same case — an administrative suspension from May to August 2001 and a court-ordered suspension from May to November 2001.

In his 2007 case, he also was given an administrative suspension from June 2007 to January 2008 and a court-ordered suspension from June to December 2007.

Lindsey Bohrer, media-relations contact with the Ohio BMV, said an administrative suspension is given when a driver is arrested for OVI. The length of the suspension depends on prior offenses and suspensions.


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1oldskool(97 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

They have to post all the dirty laundry about this case because he was a biker, right? We are all bad people and it's always the bikers fault when a tragedy happens.
R.I.P. Fellow Rider

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2danikytn(248 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Its common courtesy to not speak ill of the dead. Im sure my comment will get deleted, as do most that involve telling the vindy like it is. This article serves no purpose, except to slander the memory of a brave man. Whatever he did, he did, hes gone and nothing will change that, why tarnish all the good things he did and hurt his family by posting all this? No ones perfect, but to exploit someone who has no way to defend himself is low, morbid and just classless. The vindicator really has gone downhill, its become more of a tabloid anymore than the honest newspaper it used to be. What a shame.

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3NoBS(1962 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

No, oldskool, not because he was a biker. Because he was a public employee. The Vindy has for years been actively making public employees look as bad as possible. They print names and individual salaries, they give as much fanfare as possible to any public employee being caught doing anything negative (while conveniently ignoring when reporters and such are caught doing the same). That he was a biker didn't help, but Marc's fault in the Vindy's eyes was that he was a public employee.

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4AtownAugie(701 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

With all those impaired-driving citations in mind, perhaps a firefighter can answer this for me: how comfortable would you be knowing that someone with an alcohol addiction might be working beside you, and might be responsible for saving your life?

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5republicanRick(1168 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

It's obvious this man had a drinking problem. How do you get 5 DUI's and keep your job as a fireman? Most private companies would have let him go long ago.

God rest his soul.

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6WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I suppose if this were a known Republican we would all be defending him in death as well? You transparent fools are pathetic. This guy is a public union employee, a blue-collar Democrat for sure and a MENACE TO SOCIETY as is evidenced by his many accidents and DRUNK DRIVING ARRESTS. There is no excuse and no defense. This idiot finally caused a death, thankfully just his own. You public union Dems in this valley are moronic pigs as proven with the defense of this scumbag.

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7UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Knew he was a drunk. Driving under suspension and wrecks his motorcycle while still drinking as the 0.05 shows. This is who the public employees choose to represent them - a drunk? Just shows the mentality of the firefighters in Warren.

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8Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

There is nothing wrong with this article. This is the "cold hard facts" of what happens when you shouldn't be riding or driving with a suspended license or with alcohol in your system. They shouldn't have to sugar coat anything. Maybe people will wise up for a change!

For condolences and tributes for him read these articles.

Funny not ONE comment

http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/jun/14...

Funny only TWO comments

http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/jun/15...

Funny not ONE comment

http://www.vindy.com/videos/2012/jun/...

smh at such stupidity in society today....

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9DontBanThisDrone(469 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

NoBS wrote: ..."The Vindy has for years been actively making public employees look as bad as possible. They print names and individual salaries,..."

Why would printing their names and salaries make them look bad? lol

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