Father, son killed in head-on crash with military vehicle

RAVENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio-- The Ohio Highway Patrol is trying to find a fourth driver who they believe may have information that could help with the investigation of a crash that claimed the life of a father and his six-year-old son.

The crash happened Saturday evening at the intersection of Route 14 and Lake Rockwell Road in Ravenna Township.

A military Humvee with four Ohio National Guardsmen inside crossed the center line travelling Southeast on Route 14, clipped a PT Cruiser, then crashed head-on into a 2015 Kia that was being driven by Bryan Bargar, 34 of Berea.
The crash killed Bargar and his son, Wyatt Bentley, 6.

The Ohio National Guard says the Humvee belongs to the Army National Guard.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Adjutant General's office could not say where the guardsmen were going or where they had been.

Fox 8 has learned that after the crash the vehicle was towed to nearby Camp Ravenna, formerly the Ravenna Arsenal, which is now used as a joint training ground for troops including National Guardsmen from across the state.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the driver of the Humvee as Jeremy Taylor, 20, of University Heights.

"The crash is remaining under investigation. The only thing we know is that possibly the Humvee slid out of control due to the wet pavement," said Sgt. Terry Duerr of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

All of the passengers from the Humvee were taken to a local hospital with what have been described as non life-threatening injuries.

"Our crash reconstruction unit responded to the scene and they are investigating all that as far as speeds and what may have contributed to the crash. The only thing we would like to stress is whenever the pavement is wet, whenever it is raining, you need to slow down; use more caution because that's when it's more likely to lose control," said Duerr.