WARREN TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - The Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in three fatalities on State Route 5 at Burnett Road in Warren Township.
The crash occurred just after 3PM Wednesday afternoon when a 2008 Pontiac G6 driven by Sgt. Charles Keene was hit from behind by a tractor truck the Pontiac was about to proceed through the intersection.
The initial crash investigation indicates that the Pontiac was forced into the intersection from the impact, spun around and was hit multiple times by multiple other vehicles. At this time, seven vehicles have been identified as being part of this crash.
The driver of the Pontiac, Sgt. Charles Keene and front seat passenger, Karl McDermont III, were transported to local hospitals. The three passengers in the back seat of the vehicle were either pronounced deceased at the scene or later in the evening at a local hospital. The victims are identified as 19-year-old Zachery A. Nolen of Newton Falls, 21-year-old Joshua A. Sherbourne of Southington and 19-year-old Michael T. Theodore Jr., of Warren.
While some drivers and passengers in the other involved vehicles were transported to multiple local hospitals, there were no other serious injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
Meantime, Thursday afternoon the United States Marine Corps. released this statement:
Government Vehicle Accident in Warren Township
On March 31, 2010, the community of Warren, Oh., and Marine Corps Recruiting Station Cleveland experienced a very serious and tragic loss of three young men poised to begin a life of service to our country.
Around 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Marine Sgt. Charles W. Keene was driving Marine Corps Applicants Zachery A. Nolen, Joshua A. Sherbourne, Michael T. Theodore, and Carl McDermott, III to the Military Entrance Processing Station in Cleveland, Oh., when their vehicle was in an accident on Ohio Route 5. The four young men were traveling to Cleveland in order to take the Oath of Enlistment and honorably serve our county.
While at the intersection of Route 5 and Burnett Rd., the group's vehicle was struck from behind forcing it out into cross traffic. The vehicle was struck numerous times by various vehicles before coming to a stop.
Though the emergency personnel worked diligently to attend to the injured and expedited the most severely injured to the local hospitals, the accident claimed the lives of Zachery A. Nolen, Joshua A. Sherbourne, and Michael T. Theodore.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the families and friends grieving the tragic loss of these fine young men who answered the call to serve their country. These three young Americans were ready to commit themselves to a larger purpose by entering the United States Marine Corps. We will honor their memory and remember them for their courage in choosing to become a part of our Marine Corps Family.
In this difficult time, we are also praying for the care of Carl McDermott III, Sgt. Charles Keene, their families and the others who were injured in this accident. We hope for a complete recovery that is speedy and thorough.
The cause, details, and specifics of this accident are still unclear and under investigation by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
This unforeseeable accident is a heartbreaking reminder of the frailty in life, and the fragile existence we all share. It is most important to the Marines of Recruiting Station Cleveland to honor and remember the young men, and their families for their commitment and direction towards service to our nation.
Major Gregory Jones, Commanding Officer
Marine Corps Recruiting Station Cleveland, OH