Driver Charged With 2 Counts of Vehicular Homicide Regarding Fatal Accident on U.S. 23

The Delaware Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a four-vehicle fatal crash that occurred at approximately 11:30 A.M. on August 20, 2014 on US 23 at SR 229 in Delaware County.

Sanjay Dhall, age 51, of Canton, Michigan, was driving a 2007 Kia Rondo southbound on US 23 followed by Curtis Dixon, age 69, of Howell, Michigan, who was driving a 2014 Ford Escape. Both vehicles had stopped at a red light at the intersection with SR 229/Norton Road. Randall G. Lee, age 58, of Christiana, Tennessee, was driving a 2010 International semi tractor/trailer southbound on US 23 when he failed to stop for the traffic ahead and struck Mr. Dixon’s vehicle in a rear end collision. Mr. Dixon’s vehicle was then forced into Mr. Dhall’s vehicle. Both Mr. Dixon’s vehicle and Mr. Dhall’s vehicle were forced to the left and into the median and Mr. Dhall’s vehicle overturned onto its top. Mr. Lee’s vehicle then went through the intersection and struck a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Lewis Fisher, age 55, of Marengo, Ohio, that was eastbound on Norton Road entering the intersection at a green light. Mr. Lee’s vehicle and Mr. Fisher’s vehicle then went off the southwest corner of the intersection and came to rest.

Mr. Dixon and his passenger, Patricia Dixon, age 71, of Howell, Michigan, were pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Dhall was transported by Delaware County Medic 5 to OSU Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Mr. Fisher was transported by Delaware County Medic 4 to Grant Hospital. Mr. Fisher’s passenger, Sandra Whitley, age 70, of Ashley, Ohio, was transported by Med Flight to Grant Hospital. Mr. Lee and his passenger, Bobby Macera, age 48, of Port Charlotte, Florida, were treated and released at the scene by Delaware County Medic 1.

Mr. Lee was taken into custody and was incarcerated at the Delaware County Jail and charged with failure to stop within an assured clear distance ahead and two counts of vehicular homicide. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash.

Both Mr. and Mrs Dixon were wearing their seatbelts.

Next of kin has been notified and the crash remains under investigation.

Source Ohio State Highway Patrol

Delaware County Community A Little Bit Safer as ‘Operation Shield’ Yields 100+ Arrests

Delaware County, Ohio – June 9, 2014 – As part of a two-day targeted operation the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with 11 other agencies, made a significant impact cleaning up the criminal element and increasing road safety. The following illustrate this community success.

Arrested 33 persons who had outstanding warrants

Arrested another 27 on drug charges and 4 more on weapons violations

Arrested 9 for criminal sexual behavior

Arrested another 48 for various misdemeanor and felony crimes

Seized 146 units of heroin

Seized 4 grams of cocaine

Seized 43 grams of marijuana

Visited 48 establishments and cited/charged 3 with alcohol-related sales to minors

Arrested 8 minors for alcohol purchase, possession or consumption

Cited 538 motorists with traffic violations

Issued warnings to 588 motorists (nearly half of all stopped vehicles) for driving behavior

“Enforcing the law and making our community safe are what we do every day, but when we collaborate with other agencies and focus on targeted areas in our community, we have a much higher success rate,” explains Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin. “We want the community to know that public safety is always our number one priority, and we will continue partnering with others to be as effective as possible.”

Joining the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway Patrol in this Operation Shield effort were: the City of Delaware Police, Powell Police, the Delaware County Drug Task Force, Delaware County Adult Court Services, Delaware County Juvenile Probation, City of Delaware and Delaware County Prosecutor’s Offices, Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Ohio State Parks, the Ohio Investigative Unit, and the U.S. Marshals.

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Delaware County Sheriff press release