Man sentenced for double-fatal crash he caused while high on weed

Aaron S. Fields

COLUMBUS (WCMH) —  A central Ohio man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a head-on crash that killed a mother and daughter while he was high on marijuana.

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, Aaron S. Fields, 22 at the time, had four times the legal limit of marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

On the night of January 30, 2015, Fields had been playing video games and smoking marijuana before he caused the crash at about 11:15pm in the area of Refugee Road and Winchester Pike.

Tanya Knipp, 32, her daughter Tessa Knipp 16, both died in the collision. The father Rodney Knipp, 36 at the time, and Tessa’s boyfriend Malik Benjamin, 18 at the time, were both injured in the crash.

Fields was sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

Fields was also sentenced for an incident three months after the crash where he attempted to use a credit card that was not his.

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