One hospitalized after two-car crash on SR 143

By Lindsay Kriz -

MEIGS COUNTY — The Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a Wednesday morning crash on State Route 143.

According to information from OSHP, the crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. when Anthony Vance, 19, of Pomeroy, was driving a 1990 Ford Ranger northbound on County Road 3, also known as New Lima Road. His speed is 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 does not elaborate. The report states Vance was not wearing a seat belt. As of Wednesday afternoon, Vance remained in surgery according to the hospital.

Philips’ injuries are described as “possible.” OSHP would not elaborate.

This is the second crash on SR 143 in less than a week.

Maynard D. Fitzgerald, 57, of Pomeroy, died at approximately 9:13 p.m Saturday. He was traveling southbound on State Route 143 near mile post 17 in a 2007 Nissan Murano and began traveling off the left side of the road. He reportedly overcorrected to the right side of the road, but continued off 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 the crash that day.

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 seatbelts.

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.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-444-4303.

By Lindsay Kriz