Driver who hit, killed garbage truck operator pleads guilty

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A driver who struck and killed an Ohio garbage truck operator could face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single, felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Other charges against 41-year-old Brian Jankovich, of Middletown, are being dropped as part of the plea deal entered this week in Butler County court in Hamilton.

The State Highway Patrol says Jankovich was speeding in a pickup truck when he hit Rumpke Waste and Recycling employee David J. Evans last July as Evans was collecting trash. The 52-year-old Evans was pinned between the vehicles and later died.

Defense attorney Frank Schiavone (shuh-VOHN'-ee) IV tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that he will present evidence aimed at reducing Jankovich's punishment during his sentencing. That hearing is scheduled May 10.