Ohio  State Highway Patrol vehicle

MANSFIELD -- A Galion man and a 2-year-old boy were killed in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Franklin Township, according to the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The two-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 12:44 p.m. on Bowman Street Road just north of Amoy East Road in Franklin Township, Richland County.

Colin A. Grassick, 28, of Galion, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both of his juvenile passengers were transported from the scene. A 2-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus after being flown from Ohio Health Mansfield. The second passenger, a 6-year-old girl, is recovering at Ohio Health Mansfield. 

Names of the children were not released at the time of publication.

According to the Patrol report, Grassick was driving a 2009 Ford Escape north on Bowman Street Road when he drove left of center and struck a vehicle driven by Melvin G. Sparks, who was driving south on Bowman Street Road in a 2007 Freightliner Semi.

Sparks was transported to Ohio Health Mansfield with minor injuries and was later discharged.

The Patrol stated that all occupants of both vehicles were properly restrained.

It is unknown at this time whether alcohol or drugs are a factor in the crash, the patrol stated. The investigation is ongoing.

Assisting agencies include Franklin Township Fire/EMS, Community EMS, MedFlight, and the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

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