One killed in early morning crash

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — One person was killed in an early morning crash on Tuesday near Pomeroy.

According to a news release from the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Francisco De Leon, 20, of Zanesville was killed in the crash which occurred at 1:30 a.m., Tuesday.

De Leon was a passenger in a 2003 Nissan Xterra driven by Camilo Casanova, 29, of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Both Casanova and another individual who has not been identified sustained incapacitating injuries and were taken to Grant Medical Center by MedFlight. All three individuals were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

At around 1:30 a.m., first responders were called to a one vehicle rollover with possible entrapment on State Route 833 at Dixon Road, according to a run report from the Pomeroy Volunteer Fire Department.

The run report states, “Upon arrival, crews found a vehicle had left the roadway and struck a creek bank. EMS and fire personnel found one person deceased in the vehicle, while two other patients self-extricated from the vehicle. Crews set up traffic control and lighting for the crash reconstruction team during the investigation. The fire department also requested AEP and Columbia Gas to the scene for a utility check due to the accident.”

Firefighters were on the scene for three hours. The roadway was closed for approximately 30 minutes as a result of the crash.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Gallipolis Post is handling the investigation into the crash.

The release from highway patrol states that the vehicle was traveling southbound on State Route 833 when it went off the right side of the roadway and struck the embankment.

Responding to the scene was Pomeroy VFD Pumpers 1 and 3, Meigs County EMS, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Anderson-McDaniel Funeral Home, AEP, Columbia Gas, and 33 Auto Towing.

The crash remains under investigation.

By Sarah Hawley

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.