A 78-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran died on May 23 after failing to yield to oncoming traffic, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol report.
It was the fifth fatal crash this year in Warren County and the second in Harlan Twp., according to the highway patrol.
The investigation of the Feb. 14 crash that resulted in the death of Fred Carmack Jr., 74, of Morrow, has been submitted to county prosecutors for consideration of charges.
The victim of the May 23 crash on Ohio 132 and Morrow-Woodville Road, William E. LaSeur of Harlan Twp., was pronounced dead at University of Cincinnati Medical Center at 6:35 p.m., just over an hour after the crash was reported and 22 minutes after he was picked up by a helicopter and flown to the hospital, according to a chronology in the patrol’s report.
After stopping at the stop sign at the intersection, LaSeur, who worked for 31 years at General Motors, according to his obituary, pulled his 2016 Chevrolet Silverado out in front of a 2007 Ford Focus driven by Carsyn A. Valentine, 16, of Wilmington, according to the report.
Valentine “attempted to take evasive action by braking and steering to the right, but was unable to avoid” LaSeur’s truck.
The car hit the truck at the driver’s side door and forced LaSeur’s truck “onto its top in the roadway,” according to the report.
The car, also carrying a passenger, 16, “continued to roll towards the southwestern corner of the intersection.” Valentine and his passenger, who were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, were treated for minor injuries.
LaSeur, who was not wearing a seat belt, was not ejected, but he was “thrown inside the vehicle,” the report said. He was pulled from the car by Harlan Twp. firefighters rescue squad and witnesses.
After attempting to resuscitate LaSeur, firefighters called for a helicopter to transport the victim to the hospital.
Services for LaSeur were Monday at the Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home in Blanchester, according to his obituary.
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