By AMY GAREIS
News-Herald Staff Writer
CADIZ – The Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office will be reviewing possible charges following a collision near Cadiz late Wednesday.
Trooper Eric Darrington of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Wintersville said alcohol was a factor in the crash that left two people seriously injured and others treated at area hospitals.
The incident occurred around 9 p.m. when a northbound maroon 2000 Dodge Ram operated by Jacob Tipton, 21, of Jewett, reportedly struck a light blue 1997 Ford Ranger operated by Jimmy Beaird, 21, of Cadiz, that was headed south on Toot Road, also known as Dog Pound Road, outside the village.
“The Ram was on the wrong side of the road and failed to yield the left side of the road,” Darrington said. “The Ford Ranger tried to get off the road and was struck head-on.”
Tipton was alone in his vehicle but did not indicate any injuries. Beaird, along with a 17-year-old Cadiz male and a 16-year-old Cadiz male were treated and released from Trinity West Medical Center. A 17-year-old Jewett female was transported by a relative for review at Harrison Community Hospital. Two 17-year-old male passengers in Beaird’s truck bed were seriously injured, with one transported by medical helicopter to Aultman Hospital in Canton and the other to UPMC Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Officials said they were not ejected but severely tossed around the back of the truck. (Editor’s note: Details were not complete as of this newspaper’s Thursday deadline and the printed story misidentified Beaird as being one of seriously injured victims. We apologize for the error.)
Tipton allegedly fled on foot and then reportedly contacted a relative, who arrived on a four-wheeler. Officials said Tipton fled on the vehicle, leaving his relative at the scene. He was located at his home around midnight and turned himself into authorities.
“Tipton left the scene of the crash and we ended up finding him at his house. We interviewed him and alcohol was involved,” Darrington said. “Statements were forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review of possible charges.”
The trooper said Tipton had no known record for drunk driving but was cited for failure to control in the past. Neither vehicle was operable following the crash and emergency crews were on-scene for about two hours, causing the route to be temporarily closed.