The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 28, 2013

Parma Heights motorist killed in Route 6 crash

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

CHERRY VALLEY TOWNSHIP — A Parma Heights man was killed when the sedan he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer truck on Route 6 early Tuesday afternoon in Cherry Valley Township, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Patrick J. Scott, 34, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Clinic in Andover, OHP troopers said in a statement.

Troopers were dispatched to the crash scene, just west of mile post 17 between routes 11 and 193, at 12:11 p.m. The victim, driving a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, was traveling east when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound semi-truck driven by Dain R. Friedman, 59, of Ruyter, N.Y., troopers said.

Scott was transported to the clinic, where he was pronounced dead at 1:11 p.m., said James Baehr, an investigator with the Ashtabula County coroner’s office. Friedman was not injured, troopers said. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to the statement.

The crash remains under investigation, troopers said.

“For unknown reasons (Scott’s) vehicle drifted left of center,” Baehr said. “The truck driver attempted to avoid him, but he just continued to drift. There was no evasive action by (the victim) and no braking.”

The truck driver told authorities it appeared the victim may have been slumped over the steering wheel, Baehr said. An autopsy will be conducted by the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office and preliminary results will be known soon, he said.

Both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lanes of Route 6, Baehr said. The victim had to be extricated from the wreckage, he said.