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Hartville man dies in head-on crash; suspect arrested after fleeing

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.


  1. F Shilling on August 20, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Hope they hang the bastsrd .

  2. Sharon Manfull (Bolyard) McFarren on August 23, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Lori, I am so upset that Rand was taken this way. I can imagine how you feel, plus being there & going through that moment with him! I missed it in the paper and found out about it from a classmates Facebook message recently. Everyone that knew him… Loved him and respected him. I know I did! I was one of your patients if you recall. Shortly after he opened his office I found out where he was and came in. I was so happy when you two married. And I hurt so bad for you now Lori. You most likely have plenty of family tending to you, but when that dies down and you just need someone to talk to… You can call me! We can cry together. 😢😭 I really liked you too Lori!! You were an excellent receptionist and always so sweet. I’m sniffling and tearing up even as I write this. Please take my offer seriously. I would be more than willing to just sit and be still if you like, go over memories, take you shopping for groceries…… ANYTHING you want. Anything for Rand to see that you have support!! And Anything for YOU, Sweet Lady!! I won’t be pushy or overstep by arriving on your doorstep. Only if you want —and Let me KNOW when. I truly CARE about you too!! 🥰🙏😇. My cell is (330) 936-6866. Prayers for you!!!

    • Becky Luckner on September 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      Lovely support & thank you for this such a lovely support for the
      Best of families. ❤️❤️💔

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