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      Alcohol led to Fremont wrong-way crash that killed two before Christmas

      <p>According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Charles E. Stark had a blood-alcohol level of 0.162</p>

      A driver that caused a wrong-way crash in Fremont, killing himself and another driver, was drunk.

      According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Charles E. Stark had a blood-alcohol level of 0.162, two times the legal limit, when he drove eastbound in the westbound lanes of US6 on the evening of December 23.

      Stark's sedan struck a pick-up truck head-on while on the US6 by-pass around Fremont. That truck was driven by 57-year-old Evelyn Hunt, who died at the scene.

      Hunt's grandson, 15-year-old Zackary Zimmerman, was a passenger in her vehicle. He survived after being seriously injured.

      "These crashes are preventable," said Lieutenant Matthew Meredith of the OSHP's Fremont post. "Everyone needs to do their part in making our roadways safer."

      The OSHP announced the results of their investigation Tuesday, over a month after the fatal crash.

      "Don't drive and drive, slow down and pay attention to your surroundings, and wear your safety belt to protect you from other people's mistakes," said Lt. Meredith.