Two families are mourning the deaths of their teenage sons after a head on collision.
The crash happened shortly before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon on Dietz Lane.
Cory Harper, 19, of Zanesville was driving his Honda Civic on Dietz Lane with passenger Beau Greiner, 18, also of Zanesville, when the Ohio State Highway Patrol says he crossed the center line hitting a blue Trailblazer. It was driven by Retta Friend, 63, of Zanesville. Greiner was pronounced dead at the scene. Harper had to be cut from the car by the Jaws of Life. A Med Flight was called in to transport Harper, but he was taken by Community Ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital where he later died. Friend was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, but has been released. Greiner and Friend were wearing seatbelts, but Harper was not. Lt. Chad Neal says this type of accident is very emotionally difficult for the first responders.
"It is very difficult, especially those who are parents of teenagers, that is one of the biggest fears when your teenage child starts driving. It is the worst phone call you can get, that your child has been involved in a crash," says Lt. Neal.
Facebook memorial groups for Harper and Greiner already have more than 300 members. Friends say they will be dearly missed and never forgotten. Lt. Neal says residents are worried about the traffic on Dietz Lane.
"They have had some concerns as to the amount of crashes and the amount of people who drive in excessive speed in the roadway so they have concerns yes," says Lt. Neal.
Dietz Lane was closed for three hours as a result of the crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Harrison Township EMS and Duncan Falls Fire Department responded to the accident.
A teenager is dead and two others injured after a crash on Dietz Lane.
A blue van and a red car hit head on around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.
"At this time it is yet to be determined exactly what did occur. We do know it is a head on, we do know one is confirmed dead and we don’t know the status of the other which is the driver of the red car," says Lt. Chad Neal with the State Highway Patrol.
Lt. Chad Neal says the occupants of the red car were male teenagers. The jaws of life were needed to cut the driver from the red car. The med flight helicopter was called in to transport the driver of the red car, but he was taken to Good Samaritan instead. The female driver of the blue van was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Lt. Neal says it appears the red car crossed the center line, but cannot confirm that without further investigation. He says this type of accident is very emotionally difficult for the first responders.
"It is very difficult especially those who are parents of teenagers, that is one of the biggest fears when your teenage child starts driving. It is the worst phone call you can get, that your child has been involved in a crash," says Lt. Neal.
The name of the fatally injured victim and the others were not released until family members are notified.
The State Highway Patrol, Harrison Township EMS and Duncan Falls Fire Department responded to the accident. We will keep you updated with any new information that comes into the newsroom.