Gallipolis crash victim among 10 killed in Ohio roads over Labor Day weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 9/3/19 3:30 P.M.

A crash in Gallia County on Saturday was one of 10 fatal accidents reported on Ohio highways over the Labor Day holiday weekend, authorities said.

That's down from 12 deaths during the 2018 Labor Day travel weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a news release.

On Saturday, Wendell L. Rossiter III, 20, of Gallipolis, was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ohio Routes 7 and 218 in Gallia County, according to the patrol.

Two other people, Dakota J. Oxyer, 22, of Gallipolis, and Ladonna D. Devaney, 25, of South Point, were flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital,
the patrol said.

The patrol said Oxyer failed to yield while turning left onto State Route 218. Her Nissan Altima hit the side of Rossiter's Chevrolet Chevelle causing it to overturn. Rossiter, who was not wearing a safety belt, was thrown from the vehicle.

Devaney was a passenger in Oxyer's Altima, the patrol said.

According to statistics provided by the Highway Patrol, three of the 10 people killed during this year's reporting period, which began on Friday and continued through Monday, were not wearing a safety belt. In addition, two were motorcyclists who were not wearing helmets.

The patrol also said troopers arrested 661 drivers for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and issued 4,078 safety-belt citations. They also made 346 drug arrests and 151 other felony arrests.

You can see a link to the Highway Patrol's statewide statistics by clicking on the related link to the right of this article.


The Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says it has been a pretty busy holiday weekend.

Labor Day is one of the deadliest weekends in terms of traffic accidents. second, only to Independence Day.

Troopers were out looking for impaired drivers as part of the
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

"There have been about 400 stops, so there's a lot of enforcement, a lot of good contact being made too...talking to people. We've had four or five OVI arrests, a few felony drug cases. We took a gun off the road last night that was illegal. So, we've been staying busy," said Sgt. Warner.

To avoid traffic accidents, officers say you should wear your seatbelt, don't drive distracted and do not drive under the influence.

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