Suspected impaired driver was involved in fatal crash 2 weeks ago, Highway Patrol confirms

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Barnhart is charged in Friday's crash, but no charges have been filed in September 28's crash yet

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver involved in a crash Friday in Milton Township is the same driver who was behind the wheel in a fatal crash two weeks ago.

Gregory Barnhart, 33, of Bristolville, faces OVI and failure to control charges for Friday’s crash along Interstate 76.

Troopers suspect that drugs were a factor in that crash.

They said Barnhart went off the right side of the road, hitting a tree. He was thrown from the car, and a passenger was also injured.

September 28, Barnhart was also involved in a crash that killed two victims in Lake Milton, Highway Patrol confirms.

Investigators say he was driving a vehicle that went left of center on State Route 534, hitting a vehicle driven by 68-year-old Howard Mounts. Mounts and a passenger, 34-year-old Bradley Ronci, were killed.

No charges have been filed in that crash yet, but troopers are investigating it.

Prosecutor Paul Gains said investigators are waiting for toxicology results in the double-fatal crash before they can proceed with possible felony charges.

Barnhart has been into Trumbull County Jail 15 times on DUI, burglary, weapons and drug charges, dating up until 2014, according to jail records.

WKBN is working to get more information on the investigations. Check back here for more information, or watch First News at 5 and 6 p.m.

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