Teen remains hospitalized after crash

Investigation into an accident that claimed the life of one Bellevue teenager and seriously injured another in Thompson Township Sunday continued Monday.

Garrett Holmes, 16, of Bellevue, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on SR 18, near CR 34. The passenger, Dakota Schaffer, 17, of Bellevue, sustained life-threatening injuries, according to State Highway Patrol. He first was taken to The Bellevue Hospital and then was taken by ground ambulance to University of Toledo Medical Center, said Sgt. Eric Short of State Highway Patrol.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Schaffer was a patient Monday afternoon but could not provide his condition. Sgt. Angel Burgos of State Highway Patrol said he did not know Schaffer’s condition Monday afternoon.

Holmes was driving a 2001 Ford Focus westbound on SR 18. The vehicle drove off the left side of the road, went through a ditch and struck a barn and decorative landscape rocks. The vehicle went airborne and struck a tree, Short said.

Both boys were restrained, according to State Highway Patrol.

An accident that occurred southwest of the scene about 20 minutes earlier sent a Pennsylvania man to the hospital. A semi and trailer overturned on East SR 162, east of Republic.

Burgos said Anthony Apicello, 52, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 2010 Peterbilt semi westbound on SR 162. In his statement, he said a deer ran out in front of his truck, and he panicked and drove off the road, Burgos said.

Apicello was cited with failure to control, he said.

A State Highway Patrol spokesman said the driver sustained a minor injury and was taken to Mercy Tiffin Hospital.