Hearing set in fatal accident

Man charged in turnpike crash that killed tire repair man


Staff report

CANFIELD — Nikolas L. Gable, 24, of Macedonia is scheduled for a second hearing in his misdemeanor vehicular homicide case at 10 a.m. Nov. 4.

He was arraigned last week in Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield.

Gable is charged in the Aug. 15 crash that killed Nicholas Cyphert, 29, who had repaired a tire on a tractor-trailer rig on the side of the turnpike and was walking near the rig when he was struck by a vehicle and killed.

Gable pleaded not guilty Sept. 20 and later was booked and fingerprinted at the Mahoning County jail and released. He also pleaded not guilty to a minor misdemeanor charge of failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.

The crash took place at 3:50 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near North Lima. Gable’s vehicular homicide charge is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a possible driver’s license suspension and fine if convicted.

Cyphert was walking toward the rear of the tractor-trailer rig to retrieve his warning triangles when he was hit by a passing utility van driven by Gable, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Cyphert worked for a tire repair service and had just completed a tire repair on a semi on the shoulder of the highway and was in the right lane alongside of the trailer when Gable, the driver of a Ford Transit van, sideswiped the tractor trailer, then hit Cyphert, according to the patrol report. Cyphert was pronounced dead at the scene.



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