DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO TWENTY YEARS IN HEAD-ON CRASH KILLING TWO, INJURING TWO
Posted on 5/4/2016
Defendant: AARON FIELDS
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “this devastating crash that killed two and injured two was the result of this young man operating a motor vehicle with four times the legal limit of Marijuana in his system.” O’Brien announced today that Aaron S. Fields, age 22 at the time, has been sentenced for two counts (F-1) Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and two counts (F-3) Aggravated Vehicular Assault, in connection to the January 30, 2015 head-on collision which resulted in the deaths of a mother and her daughter, and the injury of the father and the daughter’s boyfriend. “The defendant stated that he was to blame for the head-on crash that occurred after he had spent the night playing video games and smoking marijuana,” O’Brien stated. Tanya Knipp, age 32, and her daughter Tessa Knipp, age 16, both died in the crash. The father Rodney Knipp, age 36 then, and Tessa’s boyfriend Malik Benjamin, age 18 at the time, were both injured in the crash. The crash happened on Refugee Road near Winchester Pike on the east side of Columbus at approximately 11:15 pm.
Fields was also sentenced today on another case that happened roughly three months after the crash, where he attempted to use a credit card that was not his. “In total, Fields was sentenced to twenty years in prison,” O’Brien stated.