The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

July 20, 2013

N.Y. man killed in Jefferson Township ATV crash

Two others injured

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — A New York man who came to Ashtabula County for a weekend motorcycle event died just a few hours after his arrival in an all-terrain vehicle crash late Thursday night in Jefferson Township, according to the Ashtabula County coroner’s office.

Edward Blackford IV, 47, of Adams, N.Y., died in a crash on property at 1850 Route 307, Richard Mongell, chief coroner’s investigator, said Friday. Autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted, but preliminary results show cause of death as blunt trauma to the head and torso, he said.

Blackford was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 9:30 p.m., Mongell said.

Two other people aboard the four-seat vehicle were injured, according to Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson. One was reportedly flown by medical helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to reports. Names of the injured were not available Friday, Johnson said.

The crash is still under investigation, Johnson said Friday. Deputies want to know who was at the controls at the time, he said.

“We’re trying to figure out what happened,” Johnson said.

Blackford, a corrections officer, was a front-seat passenger on the ATV with two friends and was ejected from the vehicle when it “flipped over,” Mongell said. Blackford and his wife had arrived at the address a short time earlier to spend time with members of a motorcycle organization, Mongell said.

“He had brought a camper from New York,” Mongell said.

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