Alcohol likely a factor in fatal crash

From staff reports

An 87-year-old Graysville man was killed Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash on Ohio 260 near New Matamoras.

Robert Ryan was traveling eastbound on Ohio 260 at approximately 10:09 p.m. when his 2005 Chevrolet Malibu was struck by Joseph Barnes, 25, of New Matamoras, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Barnes was headed westbound in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when he traveled left of center and struck Ryan’s vehicle head-on, according to the patrol.

Barnes was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Ryan succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in Ryan’s vehicle, Donald G. Hendershot, 57, of New Matamoras, also sustained serious injuries and was lifeflighted by Med Flight from the scene. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

Ohio 260 was closed for approximately five hours. The crash remains under investigation by the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, although alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash. Once the investigation is finished, it will be sent to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office, where they will determine if charges will be filed.

Grandview Township Volunteer Fire Department, Newport EMS, Shea Towing, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office assisted at the scene.

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