YPD finds truck possibly involved in fatal Thanksgiving accident

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown police said it may be another week before they can obtain some test results from a semi truck possibly involved with a double fatal crash on the city’s east side early Thanksgiving morning.

On Friday, police seized a red Freightliner at an address on North Pearl Street, not far from the scene of Thursday’s crash that left two men dead and a third hospitalized with burns over 50 percent of his body. Witnesses said the car carrying the three victims collided with the tractor near the corner of Lansdowne Boulevard and McGuffey Avenue, but the truck driver left the scene.

“The driver involved has been brought down to YPD for questioning. As a result of that interview, we have contacted the city prosecutor, reviewed the case with her and we are awaiting a decision on what, if any, charges will arise out of that,” Youngstown Police Lt. Bill Ross said.

David Kent Williams, 51, and Keith Rogers, 52, both of Youngstown, died in the crash. A third person in the car, Ronald Davis, 50, was badly hurt.

No one has been charged and police are not naming the truck driver. We contacted the truck’s owner, Garred Transport in Indiana, but we got no response.

On Tuesday, the girlfriend of survivor Ronald Davis said she wants to see justice served.

“Once he hit them, I wish he would have took his time to try to at least help them out of the car, at least call 911, not back up and leave the scene and hope no one saw it,” Donna Gibson said.

Gibson said Davis was driving his two friends home Thanksgiving morning around 2 a.m. She said she spoke with her boyfriend late Wednesday night.

“And he was going to call me when he got home and it was a phone call that came about 4 a.m. I thought it was him calling me, but it was his mom telling me he had been in a bad accident,” Gibson said.

She said residents in the neighborhood, including several who witnessed the truck leaving the scene, investigated on their own and found the truck, leading police to the North Pearl Street location.

Youngstown accident investigators said they have asked the Ohio State Highway Patrol help them retrieve the tractor’s “black box” and also do an accident reconstruction.

While police determine which vehicle actually caused the crash, a sign posted near the scene suggests the truck should have never been on Landsdowne Boulevard to begin with.

“No matter what happened, he had no business being out this time of night on this road,” Gibson said.

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