16 die on OH roads during Thanksgiving travel period

  • 16 die on OH roads during Thanksgiving travel period

16 die on OH roads during Thanksgiving travel period

Troopers reported 542 arrests for impaired driving.

The DUI arrests were spread across the state, with the most occurring in the northwest and southwest corners of the state. 3,748 vehicles stopped were regarding speeding, and 870 were for seat belt infractions.

That's up from nine deaths during that same time period a year ago. Danette L. Rardon, 39 was killed when the vehicle she was driving was struck by another vehicle. The SUV's occupants, who have not been identified, were taken to an area hospital by ambulance. Ray Hall, troopers suspect Amaya may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

The report period was from November 22 through November 26.

Around 5 p.m. the same day in Leflore County, a Ford van entered the median of USA 82 and rolled several times. Hutson was pronounced dead on the scene.

A 10-year-old was flown to a hospital in critical condition after a vehicle rear-ended a dump truck on Interstate 70 in Grand County, Royce said.

"The lack of safety belt usage remains a significant problem", said Col. Paul Pride, the patrol's superintendent.