The state Highway Patrol is investigating a serious injury crash that occurred at 4:25 a.m. today (Sunday, Jan. 13) on State Road west of Gypsum Road in Ottawa County's Portage Township.
Roy D. Cox II, 31, of Port Clinton, was driving a car west on State Road when he failed to negotiate a right curve and traveled off the south side the road, troopers said. The vehicle rotated clockwise, and the driver's side of the car struck an iron I-beam supporting a roadside billboard and came to rest.
Cox was trapped in the vehicle and removed via the jaws-of-life. He was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said, but the vehicle's front air bag deployed in the crash.
He was transported to Port Clinton's Magruder Hospital by North Central EMS. He was later transported by ambulance (Life Flight was unable to respond due to weather conditions) to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for treatment of incapacitating injuries.
Casey M. Wadsworth, 29, of Port Clinton, a passenger in Cox's car, was trapped in the vehicle and removed via the jaws-of-life. She also was not wearing a seat belt, and the vehicle's front passenger air bag deployed in the crash, troopers said. Wadsworth suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Port Clinton's Magruder Hospital by North Central EMS.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, troopers said.
No charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Port Clinton Fire Department, Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, North Central EMS and Don's Towing and Recovery of Marblehead.