The Ohio State Highway Patrol says drug and/or alcohol impairment is believed to be a factor in a crash that caused the death of a Scioto County man Wednesday morning. Killed in the crash was Donald Keeney, 57, of Lucasville, Ohio.
According to the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, they are investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred around 9:06 a.m., on March 8, 2017. The crash happened on Ohio 104 approximately a quarter mile north of Crowe Hollow Road, in Rush Township.
Troopers said the first driver, John Haimerl, 66 of Darbyville, Ohio, was driving a blue 2017 Kenworth log truck northbound on Ohio 104. The second driver, Keeney, was driving a grey 1995 Buick southbound on Ohio 104. The OSHP said Keeney drove left of center and was struck head on by Haimerl. Keeney’s vehicle then became wedged between the semi-truck and the guardrail, along the east side of the road. The fire departments on scene, had to use mechanical means to remove Keeney from his vehicle.
Keeney was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scioto County Coroner, Dr. Darren Adams, and transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Troopers said Haimerl sustained minor injuries from the crash and was transported, by ambulance, to Southern Ohio Medical Center.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Rush, Morgan, and Washington volunteer fire departments., Scioto Squad 2, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The crash remains under investigation by troopers of the Portsmouth Post and further information will be released when available.
According to Lieutenant Karla Taulbee of the Jackson District of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, another fatal crash occurred on Ohio 32 at Ohio 335 in Pike County. That crash also involved an unidentified vehicle and a commercial truck. No information has been released in that crash.