WOOSTER — The Clinton man who hit and killed Orrville cyclist Jeremy Grimm with his truck in an August 2017 crash will serve jail time for his role in the accident.

William C. McDaniel Jr., 54, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, with 44 days of that sentence suspended. At a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon in Wayne County Municipal Court, visiting Judge James Kimbler ordered that McDaniel must serve 16 days of house arrest, followed by 14 days in jail.

According to court documents, McDaniel can serve his jail time at either the Wayne County Jail or a “lock down” facility in Summit or Richland counties.

Additionally, Kimbler ordered McDaniel’s driver’s license suspended for one year, and placed him on probation for two years.

Before Kimbler issued the sentence, he said the punishment would never be able to make up for the loss of Grimm’s life.

“When this court has completed what it needs to do, Mr. Grimm’s family will still be heartbroken,” Kimbler said. “And Mr. McDaniel will still have to live with the guilt that his actions caused the death of another.”

During the hearing, Jill Cheek, director of the Wayne County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, read a victim impact statement written by Grimm’s wife, Becky, and the older of his two daughters, Caylin, who is 14.

“William McDaniel killed my husband and killed my two young daughters’ extraordinary daddy,” Becky Grimm wrote in the statement. “Our lives are forever changed because of you (McDaniel). Our hearts are shattered into a million pieces that could never be put back together. Your actions that traumatic evening have caused us an immense amount of sorrow and grief, and has made us physically and emotionally ill. Our hearts are truly broken. You are the reason why Jeremy is not still alive and with us today.”

In the statement, Grimm’s family said he was “the most loving, compassionate and kind-hearted husband and daddy.” They described him as a man of deep Christian faith, and a dedicated husband and father.

“Jeremy won’t be here with us watching the girls grow up,” Becky Grimm wrote. “Caylin and Sadie won’t have daddy there when they graduate from high school and college. They won’t have daddy there to walk them down the aisle on their wedding day, or dance with them during their father-daughter dance. They won’t have daddy there when they have children. Their children won’t have a grandfather.

“... It is because of you, William, that we cannot create any more memories with daddy. My girls are so young and have to grow up without him.”

After the victim impact statement, McDaniel’s attorney, Jonathan Sinn, said his client wished he could go back in time and change what happened.

“He is going to have to spend the rest of his life knowing that, but for his actions on the road that day, knowing, for not seeing that stop sign, a good man would still be alive,” Sinn said.

McDaniel, who goes by “Bud,” and his family have been deeply affected by the accident, and pray every day for the Grimm family, Sinn said. Sinn also said McDaniel and Grimm have a lot in common, including their faith and their love of cycling.

“(McDaniel is) very active in his community,” Sinn said. “He’s extremely active in his faith community. He’s active in his children’s lives. He’s a group leader in so many different children’s sports and children’s activities I couldn’t list them all.

“But it doesn’t change what happened out there on the road. We can never change that. All we can do is try and put this behind the Grimm family and give them the closure that this case being brought to an end will bring.”

McDaniel declined to make a statement during the hearing.

Last month, McDaniel pleaded no contest to one count of vehicular homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor. A second count of vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor, was dismissed. Those charges stemmed from the Aug. 18, 2017 crash at the intersection of Friendsville and Hutton roads in Wayne Township.

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