The Christmas weekend saw several car crashes in Ohio, including one that claimed two lives in Athens on Saturday night, December 26th. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol troopers, the victims killed in the solo crash in Athens, identified as Laiken Nicole Slayers and Richard Turner, were students at Ohio University.
23-year-old Slayers of Wheelersburg, and 20-year-old Turner of East Orange, New Jersey, traveled in the same vehicle. The two were eastbound on Dairy Lane near the intersection of South Park Drive in Athens.
The vehicle lost control while making a turn on the ice-covered roadway, causing it to overturn. It landed on its rooftop in a creek and became partially submerged. First responders did not arrive at the scene until a passerby reported the crash around 8:33 a.m. on Sunday, December 27th.
The highway patrol received assistance from the Athens Police Department and the Ohio University Police Department. Others at the scene were the Athens Fire Department, Athens County EMS, and Athens County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation into the solo crash in Athens remains active. The troopers asked anyone with information on the accident to contact the Athens Patrol Post on the listed line.
Motor vehicle crashes are not uncommon during the holidays and winter. They happen for several reasons and can be avoided by keeping off the road until the weather clears and obeying the road’s rules.
Safety tips for driving during icy weather include ensuring that the vehicle’s tire tracks fit the road and maintaining the speed limit. Avoid hydroplaning, use a headlight at night, and ensure the car’s blinders are functional.
Maintain a single lane, and when taking curves, do so carefully, minding the markers on the roadway. If a crash happens, avoid panicking, call for help, and consult an Ohio car accident attorney as soon as possible.