PREBLE COUNTY — The Preble County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating the cause of a fiery two-vehicle accident that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 19, near S.R. 503 and Somers Gratis Road.
According to a report by WHIO, a preliminary OSHP investigation found that a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Megan Riley went off the right side of the road, overturned, and caught fire, and that the second vehicle involved in the crash went off the left side of the road and crashed into a utility pole.
At time of press on Thursday, Riley is currently in critical condition according to an update on the “Justice for Megan” Facebook page.
As first reported by WHIO, both the PCSO and the OSHP believe road rage was a factor.
To determine the cause of the crash, Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said they are going back through the events of Friday evening into Saturday morning, beginning with a “party or gathering” that took place prior to the crash.
“We have been interviewing people that were in the vehicle and at the party to try to get a set of facts that led up to why this crash occurred,” Simpson said.
He confirmed that everyone involved in the crash came from the party.
Following the crash, the PCSO became aware of photos and a video of Riley’s burning car from the scene of the crash that appeared online and on social media.
“We are obviously working to get our hands on hands on any social media that was shared that evening,” Simpson said. “We’re aware of the video and the photos, and that’s part of our investigation.”
At time of press Thursday, nobody has been taken into custody. Simpson confirmed that interviews have been conducted with individuals in the second vehicle, and though he could not confirm how many occupants it had, he said there was more than one person.
“We’ve got some work that we’ve got to get done on our end as it relates to search warrants. I don’t know when we will have charges,” Simpson said. “We want to make sure we put together a complete case to get it in front of the prosecutor so they can make decisions after they review all the information.”
The Register-Herald will have more as this story develops.
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