Sunday, October 21, 2012 COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Bureau of Motor vehicles says the firefighter who was driving the ambulance that was involved in a fatal, head-on crash in Madison County on Sept. 18 was driving without a license.
The BMV tells NBC4 Todd J. Picken, 31, a firefighter for the Jefferson Township Fire Department in West Jefferson, failed to complete the necessary requirements to reinstate his suspended license and did not have a valid license at the time of the crash.
Picken had his license suspended on Jul. 2, 2011.
According to court documents, Picken was granted temporary permission to drive to and from work, to the doctor’s office, and to court ordered programs while under suspension.
The BMV says the suspension expired on Jul. 1, at which time a 12-point suspension was instated on his license and all driving privileges were lost.
Picken was required to complete a remedial course and a driver examination, which he completed on Sept. 23 and Oct. 11, according to the BMV.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges, including not having an operator's license.
Picken was not at fault in the crash, according to police.
The crash occurred on state Route 142 just north of U.S. Route 40.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 53-year-old Marcia "Jody" Frederick, of West Jefferson, was driving a black Ford Expedition when she veered left of center and crashed into a Jefferson Township ambulance that Picken was driving.
Frederick was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a 15-year veteran Columbus police officer who was on medical leave for treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Officials said they believe Frederick had a seizure while driving.