OSP: Fatal crash answers could take weeks

Ridge Road fatal accident
WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles

CLARK CO., Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Aller said he expects it will be weeks before they complete the investigation of Wednesday’s crash in Clark County that killed three teens, but he does know speed was a major factor.

Aller told 2 NEWS the teen’s car was traveling well over the posted 55 mph speed limit when it left the roadway and slammed into a tree along Ridge Road in Springfield Township around 5:30 a.m.

The impact split the 2010 Hyundai Sonata in half.

Wesley Culpepper, 15, of Huber Heights, Charles Luthe, 16, of Springfield, and Daniel Tittle, 17, of Medway were killed instantly.

Aller said based on the wreckage alone, the teens had no chance of survival.

“Cars don’t get torn apart like that doing 30-40 miles an hour,” Aller said. “It just doesn’t happen.”

Aller said troopers still do not know where the teens were coming from, or where they were going.

They continue to interview family and friends for information that could provide answers as to what other factors contributed to the accident.

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