CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol have identified a 17-year-old boy and a 56-year-old woman as the victims of a double fatal crash involving a wrong-way driver just north of Circleville in Pickaway County.
Joshua Fyffe Jr., 17, of Ashville, and Carol J. Fowler, 56 of Pickerington, died after a crash just before 10:45 p.m. on Saturday when Fowler plowed into an OSHP cruiser on U.S. 23 and kept going and then hit two more vehicles head-on, troopers said.
Fyffe was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Fowler was taken to Berger Hospital where she died as a result of her injuries, troopers said.
Fyffe’s passenger, 17-year-old Vladyslav Gaida, was flown by survival flight to Grant Hospital, according to OSHP.
The Circleville Post trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said.
The trooper involved in the crash was traveling southbound on U.S. 23 south of North Court Street when he was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by Fowler who was traveling on the wrong side of the road, according to OSHP.
The trooper activated his lights in an attempt to catch the wrong-way driver, but Fowler struck the other two vehicles before the trooper could stop the driver, troopers said.
A passenger in the third vehicle that was struck was transported to Berger Hospital where he was treated and released. The other three occupants in that vehicle were treated at the scene, according to troopers.
It’s unclear if alcohol was a factor in the crash, troopers said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction Unit is assisting with the crash investigation, and further details will be released when known, officials said.
Teays Valley Local School District, where Fyffe attended school, issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Teays Valley High School senior Josh Fyffe. Senior Vladyslav Gaidai is in critical condition. The students and their families are in our prayers. Grief counselors will be available to the students tomorrow.Teays Valley Local School District statement
South-Western City School District said Monday Fowler taught middle school in their school system for 16 years:
“Carol was a valued member of our teaching staff and an active parent volunteer in the school district. She made a difference in the lives of all of the students she taught and the families she helped. We extend our deepest sympathy to Carol’s family, friends, colleagues, and former students, as well as everyone impacted by the accident.”South-Western City School District