Lonnie D. Schear, 70, died in the crash that happened about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 on Oxford State Road near Radabaugh Road. His wife, Connie Schear, 69, was injured and taken by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Schear, of West Ellis Drive in Waynesville, was a longtime Lebanon Citizens National Bank employee and was a local leader involved in community events including the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.
“Lonnie was pretty much Mr. Waynesville,” Eric Meilstrup, president of what is now known as LCNB Bank, said in January.
Latino’s vehicle went left of center while traveling east on Ohio 73 (Oxford State) and collided head-on into Schear’s vehicle that was westbound on Oxford State.
Schear’s vehicle spun sideways and was struck by a third westbound vehicle.
Latino also was injured and taken by medical helicopter to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the reduced charges hold Latino accountable for his negligent actions, but the facts of the case did not rise to the level of recklessly operating a vehicle to warrant a felony conviction.