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Fayette County Sheriff's Office
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a three-vehicle traffic crash that claimed the life of a 20 year-old Fayette County man and seriously injured another driver. The crash, occurring on U.S. #22SE at the intersection of Hess Road in Union Township was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on Sunday afternoon, November 9, 2014 at 4:21 p.m.
According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country van operated by Kyleen L. May, Age 18 of Grove City, Ohio was traveling east on U.S. #22 SE approaching the intersection of Hess Road and failed to observe a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass operated by Terrance R. Deck, Age 20 of Washington C.H., Ohio stopped to make a left turn onto Hess Road from U.S. #22 SE. The May vehicle collided with the rear of the vehicle operated by Mr. Deck. Following impact, the Deck vehicle was forced into the path of a westbound 2011 Chevrolet Cruze operated by Theresa G. Hughes, Age 51 also of Washington C.H., Ohio. As the vehicles operated by Hughes and Deck collided, the vehicle operated by May continued off the right side of the roadway, coming to rest in the front yard of a residence just southeast of Hess Road. Hughes and Deck came to rest at the Hess Road intersection following impact. The Hughes vehicle caught fire following impact and an area resident was able to free Mrs. Hughes from her vehicle and contain the fire until members of the Washington C.H. Fire Department arrived on the scene. Deck was trapped inside his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Fayette County Coroner Dr. Dennis Mesker. Hughes was transported from the scene by Fayette County E.M.S. to Fayette County Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Columbus area hospital for further medical treatment. May and a passenger in her vehicle, identified as Betty J. Traylor, Age 69 of Circleville, Ohio both sustained minor injuries in the crash and were examined by Fayette County E.M.S. but declined transport to the hospital.
Members of the Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene. No charges have been filed at this time as the Reconstruction Unit continues the investigation. In addition to the Washington C.H. Fire Department, Fayette County E.M.S., and the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, the Ohio Department of Transportation responded to the scene to assist with the detouring of traffic while the crash was being investigated.