One teenager died and another sustained injuries following a solo vehicle crash on State Route 109 early Saturday morning, April 3rd. According to a news report on the incident, the vehicle overturned several times, ejecting the front seat passenger before resting on its roof.
The report disclosed that at about 3:56 a.m., troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lima Post, responded to a single-vehicle accident report. Deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office also responded at the crash scene just north of Road X.
The police’s preliminary accident report revealed that 16-year-old Landon M. Bailey of Ottawa, Ohio, drove a Pontiac Grand Prix south on SR 109. 18-year-old Jagguare M. Rich, also from Ottawa, sat in the front passenger seat. The vehicle then went off the side of the road and re-entered.
The Pontiac crossed the road, going off the right side of the roadway. The car overturned several times, ejecting Rich in the process. Medics transported the teenager to Ottawa Ambulatory Mercy Health, where the Putnam County Coroner pronounced him dead.
The medics also took Bailey to the same hospital to treat non-life-threatening injuries. The police said it is unknown if the driver wore a seatbelt when the accident happened. Rich, however, was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt.
The police suspect alcohol played a role in the crash on State Route 109, but it remains under investigation at this time. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminded motorists always to wear a properly adjusted seatbelt.
They added that if impaired, motorists should get a sober designated driver. The Leipsic Fire and EMS, Putnam County EMS, Miller City Fire Department, and IMM-Pressive Towing Services assisted the highway patrol and sheriff’s office.
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