Ohio Highway Patrol trooper killed in crash
Fri, 05 Feb 2010 12:35:49 GMT —
An Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper was killed, and another injured, in a roll-over accident in Northwest Ohio Thursday evening.
Police say around 6:00 p.m., Troopers Andrew C. Baldridge and Mark McLaughlin were driving on Township Road 95, just west of the village of Carey, on their way to a call to aid a Wyandot County sheriff's deputy. Their car went off the right side of the road and rolled several times.
Baldridge, who was driving at the time, died in the crash. The 25-year-old had graduated as a member of the 149th Academy Class of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in December.
"This is a tragedy for the Patrol and the Department of Public Safety, our young trooper's family and all who knew and worked with this promising young man. Our prayers go out to him and his family tonight, as well as to Trooper McLaughlin and his family," said Colonel David W. Dicken, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent, in a statement.
Both troopers, of the Bucyrus Post, did appear to be wearing seat belts.
McLaughlin, 33, was injured in the crash but is listed in fair condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.