BAZETTA TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – Calls made to 911 following a suspected road rage incident on State Route 82 may shed some light on what happened before the crash.
A caller involved in the Bazetta crash said they were on their way to the hospital prior to the collision.
“A car flipped over. It looks like young adults. We are on our way to the hospital. My son, he’s got a head injury from our home,” she told a 911 dispatcher.
The westbound lanes of the Route 82 bypass near the Larchmont Avenue exit were shut down for about an hour and a half Monday night until the scene could be cleared.
Highway Patrol said a Ford F-150 truck, driven by a 26-year-old Warren man, and a Saturn Vue SUV, driven by a 21-year-old Warren man, were traveling eastbound when the vehicles collided. That caused the SUV to spin out of control, hit the median, and flip on its side.Listen: 911 calls in Bazetta Township crash
A passenger in the SUV told a 911 dispatcher that the driver of the truck was driving recklessly.
“The Ford pickup hit me. He was driving dangerously, to begin with. He was trying to hit us,” he said.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Jesse said investigators believed road rage was a factor in the crash.
“Apparently, something occurred that raised some tensions between the two vehicles. Ultimately, it led to some passes by each of them,” he said.
He said the Ford was behind the Saturn when they hit.
“There’s some evidence that the SUV did brake-check the F-150, which ultimately did lead to them making contact,” Jesse said.
There were three other passengers in the truck and two others in the SUV at the time. None were seriously injured, but the boy in the truck was taken to the hospital as a precaution for the reported head injury.
Charges haven’t been filed yet. Sgt. Jesse said since both parties contributed to the crash, both drivers could be considered at fault.