Driver in double-fatal crash had drugs in system, report says

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Driver in double-fatal crash had drugs in system, report says

One of two drivers killed in a head-on crash in July had narcotics in his system at the time of the crash, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

The death of Travis Hawkey, 29, of Centerville, in the July 25 head-on crash on Ohio 741 was an accident, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office determined in a report released Wednesday.

The toxicology results showed Hawkey, who was driving a Cadillac Escalade that went left of center and killed 66-year-old Thomas Zamzow of Springboro, had several narcotics in his bloodstream at the time of his death.

According to the report signed by forensic pathologist Deputy Coroner Russell Uptegrove, M.D., the toxicology lab report on Hawkey revealed positive results for cocaine metabolites, fentanyl, opiates, codeine, Oxycodone and levamisole, a veterinary anti-worming medicine sometimes used to taint cocaine.

FIRST REPORT (July 25)

A head-on crash on Ohio 741 Friday night is now a double-fatality after the second driver dies of his injuries.

Travis Hawkey, 29, of Centerville, succumbed to his injuries Saturday night at Kettering Medical Center. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office confirmed just after 10 p.m. Saturday that they had been called to claim his body.

Thomas Zamzow, 66, of Springboro, previously was reported to have died at the hospital following the crash around 11:40 p.m. Friday on Springboro Pike at the Interstate 675 underpass that shut down the road for hours.

Both drivers had to be pulled from the wreckage of the two-vehicle crash, and both were taken to Kettering Medical Center in critical condition, according to Miami Twp. police.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, in which a Cadillac Escalade and Volkswagen convertible collided, sending the Cadillac onto its side and starting a fire on the Volkswagen. According to troopers, Hawkey was headed north in the Escalade when he went left of center and struck Zamzow's car.

Investigators are trying to determine what led to the crash.

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