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Man Dies After Vehicle Rolls Into Ohio Pond

July 23, 2012
By J.W. JOHNSON JR. Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A McMechen man was killed early Sunday after a vehicle overturned and submerged in a pond near Morristown.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Brian Parks, 43, was driving the vehicle on National Road. Troopers arrived at the scene at 12:20 a.m. to find Parks trapped and unresponsive inside of the vehicle. After troopers entered the water and pulled Parks to land, Sgt. Jason Greenwood, Trooper T.J. White and Trooper Stan Bittinger performed CPR to no avail. Parks was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers suspect alcohol was a factor in the deadly accident.

A passenger, identified as Sue Coulter, 42, of McMechen, was taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center to be treated for injuries caused by near drowning, police said.

According to the patrol, Bittinger was the first to arrive on the scene. He confirmed from the passenger, who was standing on the shore, that one person was still in the vehicle. Bittinger entered the water and attempted rescue. Sgt. Chris Chesar arrived and also entered the water to assist Bittinger.

The driver was trapped and unresponsive inside the completely submerged upside down vehicle. Bittinger went underwater several times attempting to extricate the driver. When White arrived, he also entered the water to assist the other officers. The three officers were eventually able to extricate the driver.

In addition to the Highway Patrol, crews from Morristown, Barnesville and Bethesda fire departments responded to the incident.

In a separate incident late Saturday, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on U.S. 40 near the Jamboree In The Hills site and Valley View Campgrounds . According to authorities at the scene, the incident happened just after 11 p.m., and traffic was stopped for more than an hour as an investigation was conducted.

No further information was available and police did not release the names of the driver and the pedestrian. Officials at the scene said the person's injuries were not life-threatening.

 
 
 

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