The Ohio State Highway Patrol has received confirmation from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office that the quadruple fatal crash on Interstate 75 on Dec. 23 was alcohol related. The driver of the at-fault vehicle, Joshua Nkansah, 40, of Fairfield, was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .346 percent – more than four times the legal limit of .08 percent.
The crash occurred when Nkansah began driving his 1997 Dodge minivan the wrong-way on I-75, near milepost 35, in Warren County. He struck a 2000 Chrysler minivan head-on, killing Michelle and Scott Barhorst of Madisonville, Tenn. Nkansah and his son, David, 7, were also killed as a result of the crash. Four children in the Barhorst vehicle and one additional child in the Nkansah vehicle received serious injury, but survived the crash.
“Impaired driving has life altering consequences, as demonstrated in this horrible crash,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol Superintendent. “This crash underscores the Patrol’s resolve to remove these dangerous drivers from Ohio’s roadways.”
In 2012, there were 12,168 OVI related crashes on Ohio’s roadways – a 14 percent decrease from 2011 when there were 14,220.