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Wrong-Way Drivers Cause Fatal Crashes; Report To Be Released

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CENTRAL OHIO -

Twice in three days, drivers going the wrong way on the highway ended in fatal crashes in Central Ohio.

Early Monday, a wrong-way driver crashed into a wall along state Route 161 and was killed.

Early Saturday, a wrong-way driver caused a crash on Interstate 670 that claimed the life of a 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.

According to officials, 30-year-old Sheena Hickerson was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of S.R. 161 at about 4 a.m. near Sunbury Road. Her vehicle crashed into a wall that separates S.R. 161 and the on ramp from Little Turtle Way.

Wesley Holt and his wife were jolted awake.

"She looks out the window and she says a car hit the wall. You could already see the flames," said Holt.

Hickerson was killed and no other vehicles were involved.

The crash on I-670 involved a wrong-way driver, 22-year-old Matthew Cordle, of Powell, who allegedly admitted to police that he had been drinking. Staff at Grant Medical Center described Cordle to police as being very, very drunk.

The exit ramps along I-670 are marked with wrong-way signs for drivers who might make the mistake of getting on an off ramp.

At Neil Avenue and I-670, construction workers said that even in the light of day, some drivers turn eastbound off Neil Avenue and travel up the off ramp from I-670 westbound.

"We hear horns honking and we turn around and there'll be a car halfway in there," said Aidan Willis, a construction worker. "I just think it's some people not paying attention when they're driving and doing other things."

Wrong-way crashes have been receiving more attention from police.

In April, law enforcement agencies implemented a 10-day blitz that included high visibility patrols and later nighttime sobriety checkpoints.

State Sen. Jim Hughes has introduced legislation to increase the penalty for wrong-way driving.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has been working on a comprehensive report on the issue of wrong-way driving in Ohio. The report will be released later this week.

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