On July 16th, a Thursday evening, two people were reported dead at a crash site on US 23 near milepost 7 in the Northbound Lanes. Ohio State Highway Patrol was on the scene and reported that Joshua S. Dingess had been driving Northbound and lost control of his vehicle. After losing control of the vehicle, the driver left the roadway shortly after 4 pm. The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier first hit a tree and then flipped over into a nearby drainage ditch.
The driver, Joshua Dingess, was taken to the local Marion General Hospital. It is reported that he had non-life-threatening injuries and was soon transported to the Grant Medical Center.
The two victims of the crash include Matthew E. Dildine and Melissa Dingess. State troopers reported that Matthew Dildine was 42 and had been trapped within the vehicle after the vehicle had overturned. Matthew Dildine had not been wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries during the crash. The details of the injuries and reports from EMS crews are not available, only that he was deceased when first responders arrived.
Similar to Matthew, the second victim Melissa Dingess was not wearing a seatbelt. Melissa Dingess was 26 years old and, during the crash, had been ejected from the Chevy Cavalier. She also sustained severe injuries. Melissa Dingess was taken to Ohio Health Grant Medical Center, where she later passed away as a result of the injuries from the crash. Both Matthew Dildine and Melissa Dingess were Columbus, Ohio residents.
Ohio State Police are still investigating the accident to determine exactly why Joshua Dingess had lost control of the vehicle. At this time, it is unclear why the driver left the roadway or what made him lose control of the car. If you're involved in a wreck, contact our Cincinnati car accident attorneys today.