Ohio State Highway Patrol car

JACKSON TOWNSHIP -- A North Carolina man was killed Tuesday night after he stopped to assist at an accident scene and was struck by a swerving vehicle trying to avoid the initial crash, according to the Ashland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Richard Darren Ivey, 53 of Shelby, North Carolina, stopped at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident that he witnessed, the Patrol reported. While outside his vehicle attempting to help, he was struck by a 2004 Honda CR-V, driven by Parker Davis Sawyer, 19, of Oakwood, Ohio.

The incident took place amid freezing rain and icy conditions at approximately 5:33 p.m. on Interstate 71 near mile post 193 in Ashland County.

According to authorities, a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Destiny Ann Palmer, 28, of Mansfield, was southbound on Interstate Route 71 when she lost control while braking to avoid another vehicle. Palmer's infant child was also in the vehicle. The Chevrolet Cruze was then struck by a 2021 Nissan Altima driven by Cindy Ann Miller, 56, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania and a 2015 Volvo Semi Tractor-Trailer driven by Harwinder Singh, 35, of Queens Village, New York. 

As Ivey and Palmer were out of their vehicles, they were struck by an additional vehicle that was swerving to avoid the initial accident, the Patrol stated. That vehicle, driven by Sawyer, pulled to the side of the road and remained on the scene.

Palmer and her infant child sustained minor injuries and were transported to OhioHealth Ashland Health Center by Ashland City Fire and EMS. Ivey sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ashland County Coroner's Office.

The Patrol stated that Sawyer was transported to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center by Ashland City Fire and EMS with minor injuries. Singh and Miller were not injured.

Interstate 71 was closed for approximately 3 1/2 hours after the crash. Other agencies assisting at the scene were: Ashland City Fire and EMS, Town and Country Fire and EMS and the Ashland County Coroner's Office.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash. The crash is currently under investigation.

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