WOOSTER -- A late June 16 crash on state Route 3 (Columbus Road) in Plain Township took the lives of two people and left one more in serious condition and one in stable condition.
Victor Lee DiGiacomo, 18, Shreve, succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash after being transported to Wooster Community Hospital.
Elizabeth Starcher, 7, a passenger in a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by her mother, Abby, 26, of Wooster, also was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Amy Joliff, Wayne County Coroner.
Abby Starcher and her other daughter, Shavannah, 6, were initially transported to Wooster Community Hospital with serious injuries. Mrs. Starcher was later transported to Akron General and Shavannah was transported to Akron Children's Hospital.
The crash occurred around 11:23 p.m. Friday, as DiGiacomo, 18, was southbound on state Route 3. Starcher was heading north, when DiGiacomo traveled left of center in his 2000 Toyota Celica and Starcher attempted to avoid him, but both vehicles struck head-on in the northbound lane. He was not wearing his safety belt.
Both Shavannah and Elizabeth Starcher were wearing safety belts, but were not utilizing the required booster seats, according to the report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Ohio Department of Transportation was on scene to assist with traffic control; and Wooster Township Fire and EMS also were on scene to assist and transport the victims.
North End Garage assisted with the removal of the vehicles.
Troopers from the Wooster Post and OSHP Crash Reconstruction were on scene to complete the investigation.
No charges have been filed at this time and alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Lieutenant Stephanie Norman of the OSHP said it is unclear what caused DiGiacomo to go left of center.
"At this point, we don't know why Victor went left of center," Norman said. "Most likely it was distracted driving, but at this point there is no way to prove what caused him to go left of center. There were no animals in the area. It just goes along with what we've been stressing about paying attention to what's going on out on the roadway.
As of June 17, Abby Starcher was still in serious condition and Shavannah in stable condition at the hospital. Her grandparents were staying with her.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or email@example.com.