A one-vehicle crash on State Route 104 on Saturday, June 1 resulted in loss of life for two individuals, one from Piketon and the other from West Portsmouth.

According to the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, front-seat passenger Casey D. Fritz, 27, of Piketon, was pronounced deceased at the scene, and rear-seat passenger, James A. Phipps, 28, of West Portsmouth, was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center but later passed away as a result of his injuries.

The Patrol reported that they received a call about the crash at 11:12 a.m. The crash occurred on State Route 104 approximately four miles north of State Route 348.

According to the Patrol, Steven R. Vaughn, 25, of Piketon, was traveling northbound on State Route 104 in a 2005 Chevrolet Impala when he drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

As a result of the crash, Vaughn received serious non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Patrol, and he was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth and then flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

Another passenger, a one-year-old child from Piketon, was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center and then flown to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, the Patrol reported.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by Scioto Squad 2, Valley Township EMS, Portsmouth Ambulance, Morgan Township Fire Department, and Valley Township Fire Department.

The crash remains under investigation as of the Patrol’s press release on Saturday.

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