On June 26, this city of Dayton street maintenance truck crashed into a building on East Stewart Street. The city charged an employee with an administrative violation claiming it was a “preventable accident.” STAFF

Woman sues Dayton, says dump truck driver in crash lacked license

A woman whose car was rear-ended by a city of Dayton dump truck has sued the city and the lawsuit claims the employee responsible lacked a driver’s license at the time of the crash.

The employee, Larry Quincy Jr., allegedly has been involved in at least one crash in a city vehicle since then and was disciplined a few years ago for failing to inform his supervisor his license was suspended, according to records in his personnel file.

Vandalia resident Cheryl Chaffin has filed a civil complaint against the city and Quincy, a longtime employee, seeking more than $25,000 in damages related to a crash that occurred in August 2017.

The city dump truck rear-ended Chaffin’s Mazda sedan when she was stopped behind a car turning left on East Fifth Street, according to a crash report.

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Chaffin and her teenage daughter, who was in the car at the time, were injured, and the collision caused severe damage to her vehicle, the lawsuit states. Chaffin’s car ran into the back of the vehicle in front of her.

After the crash, Quincy was charged with multiple misdemeanor offenses, including assured clear distance, no driver’s license and driving under suspension or in violation of a license restriction, according to Dayton Municipal Court records.

Quincy pleaded guilty and was convicted of assured clear distance, a minor misdemeanor. The other charges were withdrawn.

Attempts to reach Quincy were unsuccessful. Chaffin did not return a call requesting comment, and her attorney declined comment at this time.

In August of last year, the city charged Quincy with an administrative violation for allegedly misusing a city vehicle after being involved in a “preventable accident” in July 2018, records in his personnel file show. He was found guilty of the violation and was suspended one day.

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Quincy also was charged with an administrative violation related to a “preventable accident” on June 26 that caused damage at 1 E. Stewart St., records in his file show.

This news organization reported that a street maintenance truck crashed into a building on East Stewart Street but that no one was driving the vehicle at the time.

Workers were patching holes in a nearby alleyway when the truck rolled away and struck the building.

In March 2016, Quincy was found guilty of failing to inform his supervisor that his license had been suspended, disciplinary records show.

The city ordered his discharge but agreed to suspend the action if he agreed to a memorandum of understanding and last-chance agreement. He was suspended for five days.

Quincy has worked for street maintenance since 2010 after working for the parks department since the early 2000s, city records indicate.