Bath Township (12-31-21) – On December 23, 2021, at approximately 8:02 P.M., troopers with the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a crash where a vehicle had struck a house.
Johnny R. Bailey Sr. (52) of Belle Center, OH was operating a 2006 Jeep Liberty southbound on Bryn Mawr Ave. and failed to negotiate a sharp curve to the left near E. Elm St. The vehicle went off the south side of the roadway through a guardrail and struck the home of 204 Bryn Mawr Ave. Johnny R. Bailey Sr. was extricated by non-mechanical means and transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on December 29, 2021. A passenger in the vehicle, Johnny R. Bailey Jr, (27) of Belle Center, OH was extricated by mechanical means and transported to Lima Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. As of December 29, 2021, Mr. Bailey Jr. was still listed in critical condition. The home of 204 Bryn Mawr Ave. was occupied when it was struck, but no injuries were reported by any of the residents.
The driver, Mr. Bailey Sr. was reportedly wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The passenger, Mr. Bailey Jr. was reportedly not wearing a seat belt. Alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a factor in the crash.