A shocking dashcam video has been released showing an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper apparently not slowing down at all before slamming his cruiser into a motorcycle, seriously injuring the couple who was riding it. The motorcycle accident occurred on Aug. 17 on westbound U.S. 35, but the video was not immediately released because the Greene County prosecutor wanted a grand jury to see it before the public.
Ohio State Highway Patrol ("OSHP") statistics indicate that close to half of all fatal car accidents that have occurred so far this year within a five-county region of the state -- Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Butler and Warren -- took place in rural areas. There have been 60 fatal crashes within the region, with 28 occurring on non-interstate roads. Last year, 54 of 96 traffic fatalities that occurred in the Miami valley were on rural roadways.
Ohio State Highway Patrol spokespersons frequently weigh in with public announcements concerning the importance of motorists and their passengers wearing seat belts at all times when they are in a vehicle, and they buttress their admonitions with statistics that stress the inordinate number of fatal car accidents involving persons that were not belted.
There is no finger pointing or recrimination in the wake of a tragic car accident that took the life of one teen and injured two others last week in Massillon, about 50 miles south of Cleveland. There is only sadness and the hope expressed by one person with close involvement to the accident that young drivers take heed of its facts and consequences and learn something from it.
Most highways have that one particular spot of the road that is more susceptible to accidents. It doesn't matter how well-known the tight curve or treacherous stretch is, it still manages to be a frequent crash site. That particular stretch of Ohio 550 - outside Marietta, Ohio, near Goodfellows Park Lake - once again found itself the site of a truck accident last week.
An 80-year-old woman, from Warren, was severely injured in a truck accident and was flown by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital Thursday after her vehicle collided with a truck entering the roadway from a private drive. The Southington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that the elderly woman was driving south on Austintown Warren Road around 4 p.m. when her vehicle struck a truck backing out of a private drive on the west side of the road. The truck was driven by a 45-year-old truck driver from New Wilmington, Pa.
A 16-year-old Port Clinton girl was fatally injured in a truck accident on Tuesday. The girl was a passenger in an SUV that struck a truck on Ohio 53 between Oak Harbor Southeast Road and Streeter Road at 5:39 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
An Ohio tractor-trailer driver died Sunday evening as a result of a truck accident along Interstate 270. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and recent news reports, the truck accident occurred when the man's rig veered off the road and rolled over along I-270 around 7 p.m. Sunday. The truck rolled into a field on the north side of I-270 near Parsons Avenue.
An Ohio man was killed and three more hospitalized after a four-car accident on Monday in Parkman Township. The multi-car accident occurred around 5:52 a.m. near the intersection of Route 528 and Farley Road.
A car accident yesterday on the Ohio Turnpike in Shalersville left one woman dead and another injured. Sandra Pittenger, age 59, of Alliance, was killed when her vehicle ran off the road when trying to avoid another vehicle on the road.