Troopers await BAC results in fatal crash

Troopers are awaiting toxicology results in a Dec. 23 wrong-way crash to determine if the at-fault driver was intoxicated.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 11, 2014


Driver Charles Starks, 61, of Fremont, was headed east in a 2013 Kia Optima in the westbound lanes of the U.S. 6/U.S. 20 bypass north of Fremont when Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers started receiving calls from other drivers.

Before emergency crews arrived, his vehicle struck a 2007 Dodge Dakota head-on.

The collision killed Starks, as well as the driver of the Dodge — Evelyn Hunt, 57, of Fremont. The passenger in Hunt’s vehicle — her grandson, Zackary Zimmerman, 15, of Fremont — was also injured.

Troopers suspect alcohol was a factor, but they need lab tests to confirm their suspicions. “We’re waiting on those ourselves,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Don Pratt, of the Fremont post.

A coroner drew a blood sample during the autopsy, which was sent to a lab in Columbus for processing.

It could be up to another two weeks before troopers receive the results.


Simple Enough II

Sure glad the OHP is conducting the investigation, if it was SCSO, I could see the Registers story line "SCSO dragging feet in wrong way accident investigation, suspect racially or gender driven motive" or something along those lines, but I could be wrong?

Stop It

I call BS. One can have a blood sample taken at a hospital and they can tell within minutes if alcohol or any other drug in the person's system.

Why does this take almost 2 months?