OSHP: Vermilion driver charged after texting caused deadly crash

OSHP: Vermilion driver charged after texting caused deadly crash

LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A Vermilion man was arrested and charged after the Ohio State Highway Patrol says he caused a fatal car crash earlier this summer in New Russia Township.

On Aug. 21 around 3:30 p.m., the OSHP says a Ford Focus was headed eastbound on U.S. Route 20 and a Jeep Compass was headed westbound stopped in traffic. The OSHP says a Dodge 1500 headed westbound on US-20 failed to maintain a safe distance ahead and struck the Jeep from behind. The Dodge then went left of center, striking the Ford head-on before flipping. The Ford then went off the right side of the roadway.

The driver of the Ford was identified as Hubert Vaughan, 48, of Elyria. Vaughan was wearing his seatbelt, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep was identified as Tami Ford, 53, of Elyria. Ford was also wearing her seatbelt and received minor injuries.

The driver of the Dodge was identified as Michael McFarland, 43, of Vermilion. McFarland was wearing his seatbelt and received incapacitating injuries. He had to be extricated from his vehicle before being flown to MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland.

Through investigation, the OSHP discovered evidence of texting while driving and suspect it as being a factor in the crash.

McFarland has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, texting while driving, reckless operation, and failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.

According to the OSHP, McFarland turned himself in on an arrest warrant without incident and was sent to the Lorain County Jail, pending an arraignment in Oberlin Municipal Court.

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