There were 16 deaths in crashes on Ohio’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday, which is one less than this time last year.
Despite stepped-up enforcement by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were 15 deadly crashes during the five-day reporting period between midnight Wednesday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
Of the 16 killed this year, two were pedestrians, 10 were not wearing a seat belt and six crashes involved impaired driving, according to the patrol.
A head-on crash Friday afternoon in Warren County resulted in the lone deadly crash in the region.
John Cornelius, 70, of Morrow, was headed east on Mason Morrow Millgrove Road around 4:45 p.m. in a 2008 Mazda Tribute when he crossed the center line and struck a 2014 Kia Soul driven by a 75-year-old Clarksville woman.
Cornelius, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.
The other driver’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Troopers arrested 270 people for operating a vehicle while impaired and 130 for drugs. Troopers also issued citations for 686 safety belt and 100 distracted driving violations. Throughout the holiday reporting period, troopers also assisted 1,542 motorists.
A statistical analysis of the patrol’s holiday enforcement activity is available here.
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