More debris thrown on Ohio's Route 11

| 8/12/2002

Ohio authorities 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.

Debris tossed 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.

Lt. Sivak 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.

"I'm 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."

Debris thrown 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.

Sivak said 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.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call the Ashtabula post at (440) 969-1155.