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18-year-old Shreve man dies in crash; juvenile passenger seriously injured


CLINTON TWP.  Troopers are investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash on County Road 1 (Centerville Road) near County Road 318 in Wayne County.

Just after midnight on Sunday, Oct. 23, the Wooster Highway Patrol Post was notified of the crash, according to a news release. During the investigation, it was discovered a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta was westbound on County Road 1 (Centerville Road). The Volkswagen failed to maintain control, drove left of center, then ran off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck an embankment, a utility pole and a fence. It continued through a field and drove off a vertical embankment into a creek bed. The vehicle had two occupants inside when the crash occurred.

Eric James Miller, 18 of Shreve, was pronounced deceased at the scene. A juvenile passenger in the vehicle was transported from the scene with life-threatening injuries. Both occupants were wearing their seat-belts at the time of the crash.

Other agencies assisting at the crash scene were: Western Holmes Fire and EMS, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and the Wayne County Coroner’s Office.

Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be a factor in the crash at the time of reporting and the crash remains under investigation.

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