Ohio State Police said that road rage was “absolutely” involved in a three vehicle crash that killed one driver and roasted a tractor trailer yesterday.
Michael Hayden, of Newark, was identified as the person who died on the scene of the crash on Ohio 37 yesterday. OSP says road rage “absolutely” involved in the incident. #nanow
— Bethany Bruner (@bethany_bruner) February 27, 2018
Motorist Michael Hayden of Newark, Ohio was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers reported he was not wearing a seat belt.
Blaze Active for Hours
The accident shut down Ohio 37 for several hours until the scene could be cleared and released.
— Bethany Bruner (@bethany_bruner) February 26, 2018
Deadly Road Rage
The incident happened on State Route 37 eastbound at State Route 16 around 3:47 p.m. in Licking County Ohio when a 2015 GMC Canyon driven by 58-year-old Larry Madden, of Heath, Ohio and a 1993 Acura CL driven by 38-year-old Hayden collided during a fit of road rage, troopers said.
Investigators said both drivers sped passed numerous vehicles at a high rate of speed before collided with a cross-over cable barrier. Madden crashed into a raised bank and stopped. He was unharmed.
Hayden continued on and crossed the westbound lane crashing into a 2013 Mack 600 tractor trailer driven by 65-year-old Richard Davis of Coshocton, leaving both vehicles engulfed in flames. Davis was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital.