HUNTSBURG, Ohio (WJW) – A patient is dead and two medics are badly hurt after the driver of a jeep slammed into an ambulance that was in the middle of transport, according to officials.
The driver of the jeep, identified as 36-year-old Jason Slepsky of Chardon, appeared in court Tuesday around 10:30 a.m.
He was charged with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. Slepsky also now has a class 3 license suspension, which will last 2-10 years.
SLepsky’s bond was set at $500,000 and he is set to appear back in court on October 6 at 10 a.m.
Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said in a press release, “alcohol and drugs are suspected to be factors in the crash.”
The incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday in a rural part of Geauga County, near the intersection of Chardon-Windsor Road and Madison Road, in Huntsburg.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the 1995 jeep was traveling eastbound on Chardon-Windsor Road when it ran a stop sign and struck the ambulance that was traveling southbound on State Route 528.
Both vehicles wound up on their sides and the jeep burst into flames.
Officials say the ambulance was occupied by two medics and one patient. The medics had to be pulled from the wreckage.
The medic who was sitting in the rear of the ambulance was life-flighted to University Hospitals in Cleveland. The other medic, who was driving the ambulance, was transported to University Hospitals in Geauga. Both had serious injuries, according to officials.
The patient was killed in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene, according to OSP. The patient has been identified as William Maley Jr., 47, of Dorset.
The driver of the jeep was also taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony offense, and appeared in court the same day.
At this point, it’s not clear if the ambulance had its lights and sirens on at the time.
The intersection was closed for several hours while the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated.