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OSHP cruiser hit in Howland during a traffic stop

Monday, September 18, 2017

Staff report

NILES/WARREN

A North Jackson man was killed and three others seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash at about 12:51 a.m. Sunday on Belmont Avenue in the city. In Warren

In Warren, a man was critically injured when his all-terrain vehicle crashed into a concrete barrier Sunday on Dana Street Northeast near Paige Avenue Northeast.

Dead of injuries from the Niles crash is Thomas Bowers, 19, of North Jackson, who was ejected from the vehicle when the driver, Dyllin Connors, 18, of Austintown, lost control traveling north on Belmont, went over a set of railroad tracks and lost control. The vehicle traveled off the left side of Belmont and overturned, said the Ohio State Highway Patrol Warren Post.

There were five occupants in the vehicle. The right-front passenger, James Geid- ner, 19, of Youngstown, was treated and released at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Three other occupants, who were not wearing seat belts, were taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, with serious injuries. Their identities were not released pending notification of family members.

The crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending, the OSHP said.

WARREN CRASH

The man who crashed his all-terrain vehicle into a concrete barrier in Warren, whose name has not been released, was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital where he is in critical condition with a serious head injury, reported 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

The OSHP is also investigating a traffic crash that occurred at 1:38 a.m. Saturday that involved a patrol cruiser.

At the time of the crash, a trooper was conducting a traffic stop northbound on North Road near Bruce Drive. The cruiser was stopped in the northbound lane with its emergency overhead lights flashing when it was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by Jason Wood, 41, of Cortland.

The OSHP said Wood was impaired by alcohol and was not wearing a seat belt. Wood said he was reading an email on his cellphone and did not see the cruiser. Neither Wood nor the trooper were injured.

Wood submitted to a breathalyzer test and tested 0.231, nearly three times the legal level of 0.08. Wood was cited for OVI, failure to wear a seat belt and failing to maintain an assured clear distance.