Victims identified in Champaign County double fatal accident

The Champaign County Sheriff's Office investigates a crash with two fatalities just south of Urbana.
The Champaign County Sheriff's Office investigates a crash with two fatalities just south of Urbana.

URBANA, Ohio (WDTN) — The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims in a double fatal crash.

The Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Phillip Skaggs, Jr. and 29-year-old Serra Mitchell were killed in the accident. Both victims were from Springfield, and they shared the same address.

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a rollover crash around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday just south of Urbana on U.S. 68.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found Mitchell dead inside the vehicle.

Deputies say Skaggs, Jr. was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Capt. David Rapp with the Sheriff’s Office says neither victim was wearing their seat belt.

“We’ve experienced a tragic incident here in Champaign County,” Rapp said. “It does not appear that there was seat belt usage.”

“We would like to tell our motoring public that not wearing your seat belt is one of the number one factors involved in fatalities with vehicle accidents,” Rapp said. “We just want to remind our motoring public to make sure that they buckle up before they get behind the wheel.”

Rapp says the victims were traveling south on U.S. 68 when they crossed the center line, ran of the road, drove up an embankment and flipped their vehicle several times. They were driving a 1999 Pontiac.

U.S. 68 was closed during the investigation and clean-up. It has since reopened.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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