13 LIVES LOST ON OHIO'S ROADWAY OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND - December 2, 2013
Provisional numbers released Monday by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show there were 13 people killed on Ohio's roadways this Thanksgiving Holiday, which is two below the four-year average. During the reporting period, which began Wednesday, November 27, at 12:00 a.m., and ran through Sunday, December 1, at 11:59 p.m., 13 people were killed in 11 crashes. This is an increase from last year, when 12 people were killed in nine fatal crashes.
Of the 13 killed, seven were not wearing an available safety belt, three were killed in two OVI-related crashes and one pedestrian was killed. The Patrol arrested 503 drivers for OVI during the holiday weekend, a nearly nine percent increase over last year's holiday.
Provisional statistics through November of this year show that alcohol-related fatal crashes are down with 277 killed in 2013 compared to 468 when compared to the same time period in 2012. Additionally those killed while not wearing an available safety belt has also declined during the same period with 379 this year and 531 in 2012.
A complete statistical analysis of the Patrol's enforcement activity over the holiday weekend is available at statepatrol.ohio.gov.
DARKE COUNTY PARKS EVENT - December 2, 2013
The Darke County Park District is hosting a 2014 Photo Contest. Get outside and capture the beauty of Darke County Parks and winning photos submitted to the Park District Photo Contest will be used to create a 2015 calendar. 12 Darke County Parks and the district would like to feature a different park each month, highlighting each season. Photos must be from 2010 2014 and submitted digitally by emailing them to EWentworth@darkecountyparks.org. Three photographs per month, per photographer will be accepted from now to November 1st, 2014. For more information and a complete set of rules, visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org or call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.
WEEKEND ACCIDENT SENDS 3 TO HOSPITALS - November 30, 2013
On Saturday night, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a one vehicle rollover on Otterbein Ithaca Road near Gordon Landis Rd. Darke County Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire, Arcanum Rescue, Careflight and Greenville Rescue were all dispatched to the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2000 Ford SUV, occupied by 2 juveniles and 1 adult, was traveling westbound on Otterbein Ithaca Rd. The vehicle drove off the right (north) side of the roadway, jumping over a 30 ft. creek bed and rolling multiple times. Excessive speed may be a factor in this accident. One juvenile was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley where he is listed in fair condition. The other two occupants were transported, both by Arcanum Rescue, one to Wayne Hospital and the other to Miami Valley Hospital with non life threatening injuries. This accident remains under investigation.