Man gets four years in vehicular death of son

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 16, 2004

An Ironton area man accused of driving while intoxicated and causing the accident that killed his son will spend four years in prison for the child's death.

Donald Blair, 40, of 528 Sugar Creek-Johnstown Road, pleaded guilty in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court this week to one count of aggravated vehicular manslaughter.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown permanently suspended Blair's driver's license and gave him credit for time already served in connection with the charge. He will report to prison May 1, according to Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier, Jr.

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On Jan. 2, Blair's 12-year-old son, Joshua, was killed when Donald Blair's truck went off the pavement on Sugar Creek-Johnstown Road and struck a tree. The father was injured in the accident.

Collier said at the time of Blair's February indictment that one factor in the case was Blair's blood-alcohol level. At the time of the crash it was nearly .19, well past the state's legal limit of .08.