Truck driver was disoriented at fatal crash scene, report says

Crash Report

OSHP Crash Report (PDF)

The accident report for a March 31 crash on state Route 5 in Warren Township that killed three Trumbull County Marine Corps recruits suggests it resulted from a semi tractor driver failing to stay a proper distance back from the recruiter’s vehicle.

The report says blood tests were done on the drivers of all seven vehicles involved in the 3:45 p.m. crash at Burnett Road, but the results are not yet available.

The driver of the semi, Donald Williams Jr., 44, of Bainbridge Avenue in Austintown, appeared to be groggy to an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who tried to talk to him just after the accident.

The trooper said Williams “was very disoriented at the crash scene. I had very little contact with him at the scene.”

The trooper added that Williams was sleeping when he tried to inteview him later at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren a short time later “and again appeared to be disoriented.”

After being read his rights and told that all drivers were being asked to consent to a blood test, Williams consented to having blood drawn for the test but “did not want to give a witness statement for the crash.”

He did answer a couple written questions but refused to sign the statement form on which the answers were given, the highway patrol said.

“It is unknown what, if any, drugs [Williams] was given at the hospital,” the trooper reported. “Alcohol/drug use, if any will be determined by the toxicology results,” the report said.

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