Mar 28, 2012

Fatality on St. Rt. 49

On March 28, 2012 at approximately 1030 AM Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire, Greenville Township Fire, Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 4900 block of State Route 49 south in reference to a two vehicle serious injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2007 Freightliner straight truck, driven by Joshua M. Leybourne, 23, Huber Heights, Ohio was northbound on State Route 49 south of Folkerth Road. Leybourne’s vehicle traveled across the centerline and struck a southbound 2006 Silver Honda driven by Jeanne G. Morris, 76, Greenville, Ohio. Leybourne’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway coming to rest in the side ditch. Morris’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, coming to a rest in the side ditch. The Darke County Coroner’s Office and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction team also responded to the scene for further investigation. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene. Leybourne refused treatment at the scene. CareFlight’s response to the accident scene was canceled. Also responding to the accident scene was Darke County EMA, ODOT and Allied Environmental Services clean up crew out of Lima, Ohio. The hazardous material spill consisted of oil and diesel fuel. State Route 49 from US RT 127 to Jaysville-St. Johns Road was completely closed for approximately 4-1/2 hours. This accident marks Darke Counties second fatal accident on Darke County roadways in 2012. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

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