Update: Truck Driver Behind Bars After Ashtabula Accident Claims Four Lives
Charges are being prepared against Donte Conard, 48 of Ashtabula, after investigators with the Ohio State Highway Patrol determined that his pickup truck failed to stop at a four-way stop, and crashed into a car, killing all four people inside, including a 22-month-old toddler and his parents.
According to a news release from the highway patrol, the collision happened at 11:31 p.m. Friday on West 58th Street at Adams Avenue.
The car involved in the accident was a Toyota Corolla driven by Giovanni Miller, 18, of Ashtabula.
Highway patrol investigators say Miller, stopped at the southbound stop sign on Adams Avenue and was proceeding through the intersection, when his car was hit by a Dodge Ram truck operated by Donte Conard. He was traveling east on West 58th Street, when ran through the stop sign.
After the impact, Conard's truck traveled off the left side of the street hitting a utility pole and a tree. He suffered minor injuries. Troopers took Conard into custody at the hospital. He is behind bars.
The driver and passengers of the Corolla were wearing their safety belts, and the toddler was secured in a child safety seat, according to investigators. All four perished in the accident. Miller; his 22-month-old son, Giovanni Miller Jr.; Anastiasa Smith, 19, of Ashtabula; and Michelle Hommes, 47, of Ashtabula, were pronounced dead at the scene. Smith, the front seat passenger, was the toddler’s mom. The child and Hommes were in the back seat.
While the investigation is ongoing, OSHP said alcohol and/or drugs do appear to be a factor in the crash.