The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

February 28, 2013

Ohio State Highway Patrol still investigating Ashtabula Township fatal crash

By SHELLEY TERRY - sterry@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still investigating Sunday’s crash that killed 49-year-old Richard C. Davis Jr. of Ashtabula at routes 20 and 11, OHP Lt. Jerad Sutton said.

Davis was pronounced dead upon arrival at Ashtabula County Medical Center, Jim Behr, investigator for the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office, said.

The accident occurred at about 5:41 p.m., the OHP reports.

“We are still interviewing people,” Sutton said, noting the investigation should be complete in the next day or two.

No charges have been filed.

Preliminary investigation by OHP shows a 2007 Hummer H2 sports utility vehicle driven by Jeffrey E. Brunty, 38, of Ashtabula, was traveling eastbound on Route 20 and Davis was behind the wheel of his 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee, traveling northbound on Route 11, troopers said.

Davis’ wife, Donna E. Davis, 47, also of Ashtabula, was riding in the passenger seat, troopers said.

When Richard Davis traveled north on the exit ramp, he turned west on Route 20 and the Hummer hit the Jeep Cherokee, the OHP reports. Both vehicles came to rest on the roadway.

Ashtabula Township emergency crews extricated Richard Davis from his vehicle, township Fire Chief Mike Fitchet said.

Brunty was treated at the scene.

Richard and Donna Davis were taken to area hospitals.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing their seatbelt, OHP troopers said.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.