PAINT TWP. Alcohol is suspected in a two-vehicle fatal crash Aug. 18 along state Route 241.
A Hartville man died in the head-on collision and the driver of the other vehicle fled from the crash scene before being taken into custody about two hours later.
The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating the two-vehicle crash that happened around 4:13 p.m. Aug. 18 on state Route 241 north of milepost 3 in Paint Township.
Charles Samples, 32, of Uhrichsville, was operating a 2011 Ford F350, according to a news release from the State Highway Patrol. Samples fled from the crash scene and was taken into custody at 6:22 p.m., the release states. Samples was transported to Wooster Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.
Rand Luckner, 72, of Hartville, was operating a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner’s Office. He was wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash. Laura Luckner, 73, of Hartville, a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to Aultman Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Initial investigation revealed Samples was southbound on SR 241 and Luckner was northbound on SR 241. Samples traveled left of center and struck Luckner head-on, the release states. Luckner’s vehicle slid off the right side of SR 241 and overturned into the ditch.
Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, according to the news release.
Assisting on scene were Kidron Volunteer Fire Department, Wayne County Coroner Office, Accelerated Towing, and Patriot Towing.