18-year-old dies after head-on collision in Clinton County, troopers say

One person is dead in a head-on crash on U.S. 68 in Clinton County, according to the Ohio State...
One person is dead in a head-on crash on U.S. 68 in Clinton County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.(WXIX)
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 6:23 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 1:51 PM EST
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CLINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - An East Clinton High School student is dead after a head-on crash occurred on U.S. 68 near I-71 in Clinton County Thursday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported between two vehicles shortly after 5:30 a.m., an OSP dispatcher says.

Troopers say Timmi L. Mahanes, 18, was driving a 2006 GMC pick-up north on U.S. 68 when she traveled left of center, hitting a 2019 Volvo tractor-trailer combination, driven by 39-year-old Jeremiah D. Wingfield, going south.

Mahanes was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. OSP says that Wingfield was not injured.

East Clinton Local Schools Superintendent Eric Magee wrote in a statement:

“Our hearts are heavy this morning as we have lost one of our own. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. As an Astro family, we are broken as we feel incomplete today. Students and staff alike are grieving in this loss.

“East Clinton will have added counseling services available to all through Monday and beyond as needed.”

Principal Michael Adams addressed the families in a letter about the loss. Part of the letter reads:

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the following information. This morning, we received news from the State Highway Patrol that one of our students was involved in a fatal car accident. The students’ parents and family have been notified. As a district, our thoughts and prayers are with the family. It is never easy to share difficult news with our staff, students, and our Astros Family.

“Our counselors and staff are here for our students during this difficult time. We have also arranged for additional support to be available to our students throughout the day. As an Astro family, we are always here for one another, especially in times like this. If you have any concerns as your child processes this loss, please reach out to the school for us to help with any additional services.”

U.S. 68 was shut down between Antram Road to Raycon Drive but has since reopened.

Tyler Ross with Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Tyler Ross said the crash does not appear to be caused by distraction or impairment.

“Where the phone was located in the vehicle, we do not believe that distracted driving was the cause of the crash,” Sgt. Ross explained. “We also don’t believe that any kind of impairment was the cause of the crash.”

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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