Police: Alcohol may be factor in 2-vehicle crash that killed 79-year-old Groveport man

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A 79-year-old Groveport man is dead after he was rear-ended by another vehicle while stopped at a traffic light.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to the Lancaster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Joseph L. Chandler was stopped at a traffic light just after noon at on CR33A at Coonpath Road when he was struck by Kevin N. Blalock, 46, of Efland, N.C., who was driving a blue 2004 Chevrolet Venture westbound on CR33A, officials said.

Chandler was taken to Fairfield Medical Center where he died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, officials said.

Chandler was wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash, officials said.

Blalock was taken to Mount Carmel East hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, officials said. 

It is unknown at this time if he was wearing his safety belt, officials said.

The crash remains under investigation at this time. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol urges all motorists to wear their available safety equipment and to not drive while impaired, officials said.

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