Teen Dies In Early Morning Crash

By
Susan Tebben - Athens Messenger staff reporter

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Updated Tue, Aug 13, 2013 3:11 pm

UPDATE 3:10 p.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed the death of a 17-year-old girl in a morning crash Tuesday near Chauncey.

Kendall Dawn Sweaney, of McArthur, was driving a blue 2006 Scion onto Route 33 from the Chauncey ramp off Route 682, according to Lt. George Harlow of the OSHP. She drove out onto Route 33, into the path of a 1995 Ford pickup truck, driven by John W. Miller, 56, of Athens.

Both cars came to rest in the median between east and westbound lanes of traffic on Route 33.

Witnesses told police the girl did not stop at the stop sign.

Emergency crews requested a medical helicopter for a passenger in the Scion and were preparing to close the highway to create a landing site, but MedFlight notified officials that foggy conditions prevented their flight, Harlow said.

The passenger from the Scion, 17-year-old Ashley Nicole Fausnaugh, of Hamden, was taken to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital by the Athens County Emergency Medical Service.

Fausnaugh was awake before she was taken to the hospital, Harlow said.

Miller appeared to have minor injuries, according to Harlow, but was taken by ambulance to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital as well.

The extent of Fausnaugh's and Miller's injuries were not available, Harlow said.

No alcohol or drug involvement is suspected in the crash, according to the highway patrol, and everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

Along with the highway patrol and the Athens County EMS, the Chauncey-Dover Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The OSHP investigation is still ongoing, but no charges are pending.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed the death of a 17-year-old woman in a morning crash Tuesday near Chauncey.

The female, whose name has not been released pending the notification of next of kin, was driving a blue four-door vehicle onto Route 33 from the Chauncey ramp off Route 682, according to Lt. George Harlow of the OSHP. She drove onto Route 33 and was struck by a green truck.

"The woman in the blue car failed to yield at the stop sign (on Route 682) and was hit but the green truck going westbound," Harlow said.

Witnesses told police the woman did not stop at the stop sign.

Emergency crews requested a medical helicopter for a passenger in the blue vehicle and were preparing to close the highway to create a landing sight, but MedFlight notified officials that foggy conditions prevented their flight, Harlow said.

The passenger from the blue car and the driver of the green truck were both taken to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital. The driver of the green truck appeared to have minor injuries, according to Harlow.

The extent of the passenger's injuries were not yet available.

Along with highway patrol, Athens County Emergency Medical Services and the Chauncey-Dover Fire Department were on scene.

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