Area roundup

Marietta man’s death by exhaust fumes appears accidental

A Marietta man, apparently overcome by auto exhaust fumes, was found dead in the 900 block of Gilman Avenue Friday morning.

The body of Jared Hoff, 22, was discovered in the front seat of his pickup truck in a garage at 917 Gilman Ave. around 8:32 a.m. Friday, according to a report from Marietta City Police.

Sgt. Rodney Hupp said a relative found Hoff in the truck and notified police.

He said the incident remains under investigation, but authorities believe Hoff was working on the truck inside the garage and was overcome by exhaust emissions.

Hupp said no foul play is suspected and the death appears to be completely accidental.

A Marietta rescue squad unit transported Hoff’s body to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

According to his obituary, Hoff was a 2009 graduate of Marietta High School and was employed by Ohio Valley Foam Spray.

3 taken to hospital after two-car crash on Ohio 339

Three people were transported to Camden Clark Memorial Hospital with minor injuries following a two-vehicle accident on Ohio 339 near the Dunham and Belpre townships line Saturday morning.

Earl Pickering Sr., no age given, of Belpre was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile 88 north on SR 339 around 11 a.m. and had stopped to make a left turn onto Spence Road (Township 613), according to Tpr. Eric Knowlton with the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Marietta post.

A northbound 2012 Kia Sorrento driven by Lillian Dowler, 61, of Belpre rear-ended the Oldsmobile.

Two juveniles and Earl Pickering Jr., all from Parkersburg and passengers in the Pickering vehicle, were transported to CCMH by a rescue squad from the Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department.

Earl Pickering Sr. and Dowler were not injured.

Units from the Little Hocking VFD assisted with traffic control at the scene.