Five Die in Head-On Crash on 44
November 23, 2021 by Staff Report

A driver of a 2003 Ford Econoline van and four passengers died as the result of a two-vehicle crash on state Route 44, south of Pekin Road, in Newbury Township, around 11 a.m. Nov. 22.

The driver of a 2003 Ford Econoline van and four passengers died as the result of a two-vehicle crash on state Route 44, south of Pekin Road, in Newbury Township around 11 a.m. Nov. 22. The van, driven by Darryl J. Barnes, 62, of Garfield, was southbound on state Route 44 when it apparently swerved left of center and struck a commercial tractor with a flatbed trailer attached, Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a press release. The rig was operated by Brett A. Morgan, 31, of Geneva, who was taken to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries....