CANFIELD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – One person was killed and others, including a child and school resource officer, were hurt in a crash in Canfield Township Wednesday morning.
Crews were called about 6:45 a.m. to the 3900 block of Tippecanoe Road for the three-vehicle crash.
The Mahoning County coroner was called to the scene and troopers confirmed that one person, Daniel Harvischak, 65, of Youngstown, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Waylynn Ward, 25, of Youngstown, her 2-year-old son and 40-year-old Stephen Corll, also of Youngstown, were taken to the hospital and are reportedly in stable condition.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Harvischak and Ward were traveling south on Tippecanoe Road near the Route 62 intersection. Ward was in the through lane and Harvischak was in the turn lane. Both were driving parallel “at a high rate of speed” as the turn lane and through lane merged into one lane. Ward was then in the northbound lane topping the hill where both vehicles hit Corll head-on.
All three vehicles traveled off the east side of the road. Harvischak’s and Ward’s vehicles both became engulfed in flames.
Ward and her child escaped their vehicle.
The Niles Police Department posted on its Facebook page that Corll is a resource officer at Niles Schools and that he was on his way to work when the crash happened.
“He is in the hospital, but we are hopeful he will make a full recovery,” the post said.
“Our hearts go out to Officer Corll, his family, and the other families affected by today’s accident. He is a familiar face in the district and is well-liked by students and staff. We are thankful he is OK and wish him, and all those affected, a fast recovery,” The Niles City School District stated.
Aggressive driving is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, according to OSHP.
Tippecanoe Road was closed in the area of the crash but has since reopened.
Sgt. Brian Holt said there was a crash in the same area in May.
“There’s not an engineering issue. That’s not the cause for it. I know the last crash and this crash are involving high speeds,” Holt said.