BIDWELL — Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper are investigating a head-on collision that occurred Monday night on Kerr Road that resulted in one fatality.
The accident happened roughly about a half-mile west of State Route 850.
According to Trooper Jim Trelka, a crash reconstruction team had been called out to the scene of the collision and members are still investigating the cause of the incident.
Preston Wroblewski, 24, of Bidwell, was driving eastbound on Kerr Road before allegedly driving left of center in his 2007 Pontiac car and striking James Kessinger Jr., 52, of Gallipolis, head-on his 2015 Subaru. According to information gathered from OSHP reports, Kessinger and three passengers were flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital with incapacitating injuries. They were wearing their seat belts. They are currently reported as being in stable condition.
Wroblewski was allegedly not wearing his seat belt and died of injuries sustained in the collision. Airbags on both vehicles deployed.
According to OSHP, the area of the collision allegedly showed that Wroblewski was braking at the time of vehicle contact as he traveled down a hill with a curve. The speed at which both vehicles were traveling is still yet to be determined.
According to Trelka, the incident is still under investigation but he stressed the importance of wearing seat belts. He believes that had Wroblewski been wearing his seat belt, the risk of his fatality would have been significantly lower.
“A seat belt is a pretty substantial thing (in collisions) and we need positive reinforcement to promote its usage because that is a factor in a majority of collisions resulting in fatalities and injuries,” Trelka said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the organization estimates “seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent. On average, more than 60 percent of people killed in crashes are not properly restrained.”
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, three out of four crashes happen within 25 miles of an individual’s home. Seat belts are intended to prevent injuries within the body by spreading a collision’s force across the body’s strongest areas.
According to the same organization, “research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants less than a year old and by 54 percent for toddlers 1 to 4 years old in passenger cars.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.