are intensifying efforts to solve a recent rash of debris throwing
incidents on Route 11 in southern Ashtabula County. Authorities
also continue to investigate a tractor-trailer crash that killed
Gregory Holcomb of Albion, PA.
from Route 11 overpasses struck at least three cars in the last
week. Since March 4, Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. James Sivak said
authorities have investigated six confirmed cases of debris thrown
off Route 11 overpasses in the area onto vehicles below.
said county sheriff's department deputies and area law enforcement
auxiliary officers have teamed with the highway patrol on these
cases. Officers are stepping up efforts to patrol the 22 overpasses
in the area and catch those responsible.
disturbed that this type of behavior is continuing," he said.
"We will eventually catch someone who is doing this. When
that does happen, the person or persons involved will be prosecuted
... with the most severe charges that are applicable."
reportedly may be a factor in the crash that killed trucker Gregory
R. Holcomb of Albion, PA. Holcomb was driving on Route 11 just
beyond the Mill Road overpass near New Lyme Township about 11:50
p.m. July 22 when his drifted off the road and slammed into several
trees. The truck burst into flames, killing Holcomb instantly.
debris thrown from the Mill Road overpass may have played a role
in the crash. Shattered stone was found on the highway near the
crash scene. Sivak said it appears the debris had been recently
thrown. Evidence from the scene is still being evaluated.
information about these incidents should call the Ashtabula post
at (440) 969-1155.