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Investigation in odd truck accident leads police to cellphone

The Ohio State Patrol is investigating a series of events that led to the death of one man. They were able to trace the man's death back to a truck accident, but the scenario isn't what one might expect when hearing about Ohio truck accidents. In this case, the incident involved a single pick-up truck, the now-deceased passenger and a 19-year-old driver.

According to reports, the 19-year-old driver agreed to give a 22-year-old man a ride. The 22-year-old man had been drinking. According to the driver, the other man was exhibiting risky behavior during the drive.

The driver told police that the 22-year-old man said he was going to do something crazy. He then allegedly opened the passenger-side door and hung himself outside of the cab of the truck. The door broke at that time, and the man was thrown from the moving vehicle.

According to police, they arrived on the scene in response to calls for help from other motorists. The 19-year-old driver was on the scene, but he didn't speak to police at that time. The 22-year-old man was brought to a local hospital. He later died due to injuries suffered in the accident.

Police indicate the 19-year-old driver approached them later regarding the incident. He stated that he turned around to help the other man. Seeing cars stopped around the accident site, the young driver became confused and frightened.

Police are attempting to put a timeline of what happened in this incident together. To help with this, they are seeking a warrant for the 19-year-old driver's phone. According to police, information on the phone will help them map out where the 19-year-old was at various times. In such a case, family members and law enforcement officials want to find out if someone is at fault for the accident. Investigations could lead to criminal or civil action if fault is determined.

Source: The Athens News, "Police search cell phone of driver in fatal highway incident" No author given, Jan. 05, 2014

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