(9-3-21) On September 2, 2021, at 10:09 am, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a multiple vehicle injury crash on North Main Street, near Wardwell Street in the Village of Arlington.
Through investigation, it was learned that Ashley L Winters (27) of Findlay Ohio, was traveling south on US 68 in 2021 Chevrolet Blazer between CR 24 and CR 25. Ashley attempted to turn into a business and was struck by a vehicle that had attempted to pass her. The driver of this vehicle was later identified as John R Drumm (26) of Kenton, Ohio. Drumm was also traveling south on US 68 in a 2011 Kia Soul. Once the vehicle’s crashed Drumm fled the scene at a high rate of speed southbound on US 68.
Once Drumm reached North Main Street, near Wardwell Street in the Village of Arlington, he came behind a 2003 Kenworth tractor-trailer that was also traveling southbound. The tractor-trailer was being driven by Frank Teichroeb of Springfield, Ontario, Canada. Drumm attempted to pass on the double yellow center lines and was struck by a 2020 International tractor-trailer, that was traveling north on North Main Street. The second tractor-trailer was driven by Juan J Gandara (61) of Del Rio Texas. The collision pushed his vehicle into the trailer of the semi he was attempting to pass. the Drumm vehicle then struck a third tractor-trailer, a 2007 Volvo, driven by Richard Benabou (age 46) of Chicago Illinois, who was also traveling north on North Main Street.
Drumm was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Appleseed Joint Ambulance District for injuries sustained from the crash.
Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash and Drumm is not believed to of been wearing a seat belt.
Drumm was issued a citation for improper passing and leaving the scene for the first crash. John was issued a citation for passing in a no-passing zone and OVI for the second crash.
Also assisting at the scene were R & A Towing and Ed’s Towing, and the Arlington Fire Department.