A head-on collision yesterday morning in Wayne County’s Chester Township claimed the life of one man and seriously injured another. The crash occurred on U.S. Route 250, near Firestone Road, when a van went left of center and hit a pickup truck. Killed in the crash was Thomas Smith, a 38-year man from Ashtabula County, while 33-year old Zachary Stutzman, of Warren, remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Neither was wearing a seatbelt and both were ejected from the van. A third person in the van was also injured, but fled the scene due to a pending arrest warrant. The two people in the truck, meanwhile, escaped with only minor injuries. The Highway Patrol says alcohol, and or drugs, may have been a factor in the accident. It is the fifth fatal crash in Wayne County so far this year.
Wayne County crash kills one, seriously injures another
May 17, 2021