MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a three vehicle serious injury traffic crash. The crash occurred on October 21, 2019 at approximately 1:19 P.M. on US 36, near mile post 23 in Monroe Township, Knox County.
Rosemary Young, 46, Mount Vernon, was driving a silver 2011 Chevrolet Cruze westbound on US 36. William Zinkhun,38, of Mount Vernon, was driving a brown 2014 Dodge Journey eastbound on US 36. David Daugherty, 35, of Westerville, was driving a white 2015 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on US 36.
Young failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line, and struck the white Chevrolet Malibu head on. The brown Dodge Journey swerved off the right side of the roadway and struck the ditch to avoid a head on collision with the Chevrolet Cruz. After impact, the Chevrolet Cruze slid off the right side of the roadway, struck the ditch, and came to a final rest partially on the roadway. The Chevrolet Malibu slid off the left side of the roadway, struck a private drive, and came to a final rest partially on the roadway.
Young was trapped inside the vehicle and extricated by mechanical means. Young was transported by AirEvac to Grant Hospital with serious injuries and remains in the critical care unit.
The passenger, Sharon Short, 71, Danville, was also trapped inside the vehicle and extricated by mechanical means. She was transported by MedFlight to Grant Hospital with serious life threatening injuries and remains in the ICU.
Daugherty was transported by Monroe Township to Knox Community Hospital with minor injuries and released. Zinkhun and the passenger, Emily Merritt, 34, Mount Vernon, were not injured.
Alcohol is not a suspected factor in the crash.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Township, College Township and Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District.
The crash remains under investigation.