COURT NEWS Orrville man sentenced Jan. 23 for vehicular manslaughter

DGKN staff report

WOOSTER  An Orrville man was sentenced last month to serve 30 days in jail for his involvement in a crash that resulted in the death of a Dalton motorcyclist.

Justin Erwin, 32, was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter, a misdemeanor. He had a sentencing hearing Jan. 23 in Wayne County Common Pleas Court for the case stemming from the May 2019 crash in Baughman Township.

At about 8:33 a.m. May 31, 2019, Erwin was traveling westbound on Fosnight Road and approached the stop sign at Tannerville Road. Arthur J. Lustig, 65, of Dalton, was riding a motorcycle northbound on Tannerville Road. According to online court documents, Erwin failed to stop at the posted stop sign and pulled in the motorcyclist’s path. The 1974 Harley Davidson motorcycle struck the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu forcing Lustig off the side of the road. Lustig died as a result of the crash.

Erwin’s sentence was stayed for 14 days while he was screened to see if he qualified to serve the 30 days by electronically monitored house arrest, according to court filings. He was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Erwin’s license was ordered suspended for two years and he must complete a remedial driving course. He also was fined $750 plus court costs, according to the judgment entry, and was ordered to write an apology letter to the victim’s family.

Lustig’s obituary stated the Dalton man was known as being “big hearted” and he “would always help a fellow biker in need.” He and his wife, Karen, were active in the bike community and owned and operated Art’s Parts Custom Cycle and Service.

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