Driver killed in crash into stopped car on I-70 ID’d

A Bellefontaine man was killed Wednesday night in a crash on Interstate 70 near Enon involving multiple vehicles.

Jacob Alan Lewis, 21, was driving a blue 2001 Ford Mustang stopped in the center lane of I-70 West. A 2015 Freightliner tow truck just after 7:20 p.m. swerved to avoid the Mustang but a 2014 Honda van behind the truck, driven by Robert Fischer, 50, of St. Louis, Missouri, crashed into the rear of the Mustang, which pushed it into the tow truck, driven by Cody Fitzwater of Greenville, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post.

Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.

His front seat passenger, Alexander Lindstrom, 21, of Bellefontaine, was flown with serious injuries to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, the patrol stated in a release.

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The crash shut down the highway behind the I-70 W/state Route 4 South split for about three hours. Traffic backed up well past the Dayton-Springfield Road overpass.

The highway patrol was assisted at the scene by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Mad River Township Fire and EMS, Bethel Township Fire and EMS, Springfield Township Fire and EMS, Huber Heights Fire and EMS, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, CareFlight and MedFlight.

Clark County has reported 16 fatal crashes and investigated 691 crashes as of Thursday, according to OHSP. Clark County has had six more fatalities year-to-date in 2021 than last year. The county recorded 23 total deadly crashes in 2020.