Man pleads in forklift death case at Honda

MARYSVILLE — John P. Hixon, 51, of Columbus, formerly of Bellefontaine, pleaded no contest this week in Union County Common Pleas Court to one count of reckless homicide in connection with the Jan. 4, 2016, death of Ghouse Gulam, 61, of Delaware, at the Ohio Center, a Honda Research and Development facility.

Hixon was using a forklift to move a trash bucket when he struck Gulam in the head as he was walking inside a lighted crosswalk on a causeway intended for pedestrians between buildings on the campus.

A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing set for Jan. 18. Hixon could face five years in prison.

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