Clark County man indicted in crash that killed 20-year-old on I-70

A South Charleston man was indicted in connection to a fatal crash in Clark County last month.

Marc Terrell, 37, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and tampering with evidence.

He is charged in a July 2 crash on Interstate 70 that killed 20-year-old Matthew Eskeli IV, of Falconer, New York.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Eskeli was driving a Ford Focus eastbound through Clark County at around 2:33 a.m. when he was hit by a BMW driven by Terrell.

“The BMW struck the left side of the Ford Focus, causing the Ford Focus to travel off the right side of the roadway,” the release says. “The Ford Focus struck an exit sign, light pole, and rolled over before coming to final rest on its left side. The BMW continued eastbound for a short distance before it became disabled along the right berm.”

Eskeli also was taken to the hospital but died from his injuries, an OSP spokesperson said. Zack Cooper, 21, was a passenger in the Ford Focus and he was taken to Miami Valley Hosptial after the crash. Benjamin Cooper, 22, was also a passenger in the Ford Focus and was taken to Springfield Regional Hospital for precautionary reasons.

Terrell was arrested at the scene of the crash on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence.

“The driver was found to be intoxicated,” said OSP Springfield Post Commander Lt. Brian Aller. “So he was transported to Clark County Jail.”

Speed also played a factor in the crash, Aller said.

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“He was going so fast,” Aller said. “He just kept on going and came to a stop about a quarter-mile up the road.”

Calls to 9-1-1 obtained by the Springfield News-Sun detail the scene moments after a fatal crash.

“There was a silver car that was going eastbound that had to be doing over 100 and I think it sideswiped this car and flipped it,” a person who called 9-1-1 told dispatch.

He said two men outside the car were conscious, but said one person was trapped inside.

“He still unconscious inside,” the man said.

The man can be heard talking to a passenger of the car, telling him to stay calm and seated until help arrives.

Terrell was indicted by a Clark County Grand Jury. He was not listed as an inmate in the Clark County Jail on Tuesday.

A next court date in the case has not been set.

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