Cuyahoga County

Man sentenced to 6.5 years in deadly accident


Cleveland – A man responsible for the deaths of two people after he lost control –while intoxicated— of a car that had been modified for racing, has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Brian Keith Naylor, 55, pled guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Assault, and Driving While Under the Influence in the 2015 deaths of his father, Delmar Naylor, and his father’s close friend, Thomas Beaune.

He was sentenced to prison by Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams. In addition, Judge Collier-Williams ordered that Naylor’s driver’s license be permanently suspended.

On August 13, 2015, Delmar Naylor and Beaune were working on a modified Ford Pinto at Delmar’s Strongsville home. After several hours they got the engine started. Brian Naylor began spinning the tires, then drove the vehicle to the end of the driveway. As he tried to spin the tires a second time, he lost control of the vehicle which traveled at a high rate of speed and struck Beaune and Delmar Naylor.

Beaune, 61, died two days later from his injuries; while Delmar Naylor, 77, died two months later as a result of his injuries. Toxicology showed Brian Naylor’s blood alcohol level to be well above the legal level at the time of the accident. This was his sixth DUI.

“The recklessness in this case is astounding,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Schnatter, who along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Melissa Riley represented the State of Ohio in this case. “While drinking, Brian Naylor got into a car that had been modified for drag racing and attempted to spin the tires with two innocent people in front of the car. The tragic outcome was all too predictable.”

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