MEIGS COUNTY — One man is dead after a crash in Meigs County over the Labor Day weekend.
According to reports from the Gallipolis post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at approximately 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Wayne J. Pauley, 61, of Pomeroy, was traveling northbound on State Route 143 in a 1992 Ford Ranger. After driving off the right side of the roadway, he over-corrected and drove off the left side of the roadway, striking a tree. He was wearing a seat belt.
The roadway was closed to one lane for approximately two hours after the crash, which remains under investigation.
This is the second fatal crash in less than a month on SR 143. On Aug. 15, Maynard D. Fitzgerald, 57, of Pomeroy, died while traveling southbound on State Route 143 near mile post 17 in a 2007 Nissan Murano. He traveled off the left side of the road, over-corrected to the right and continued off the road. His vehicle struck an embankment and overturned.
According to the report, Fitzgerald was not wearing a seat belt and officials say alcohol was involved.
The road remained completely closed for two hours following that crash.
Another non-fatal crash occurred less than a week later on Aug. 19 when Anthony Vance, 19, of Pomeroy, was driving a 1990 Ford Ranger northbound on County Road 3, also known as New Lima Road, around 10:30 a.m. His speed was unknown.
Vance allegedly failed to yield to Donald Philips, 37, of Albany, who was driving a 2008 Ford F-150 eastbound on SR 143 at 45-50 mph.
Philips’ vehicle struck Vance’s on the driver’s side, and both vehicles came to rest off the north side of SR 143. Vance was taken by MedFlight to Cabel Huntington Hospital. An OSHP report describes his injuries as “incapacitating,” but it did not elaborate. The report states Vance was not wearing a seat belt.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death of Americans aged 1-54, and is the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers, and young adults (18-24) have the highest crash-related injury rates of any age group of adults. According to 2012 statistics, of the teenagers (13-20) that died in crashes of that year, 55 percent of the teenagers were not wearing seat belts.
The CDC reported in 2010 that people age 18-34 are less likely to wear a seat belt than those 35 or older, and men are 10 percent less likely to wear a seat belt than women. Adults who live in rural areas are also 10 percent less likely to wear seat belts than those in urban and suburban areas.
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