MOUNT VERNON — The four teenagers who were involved in a car accident at 2:40 a.m. Labor Day morning all told the Ohio State Highway Patrol they had been drinking. The driver, Justin Woodford, 17, Mount Vernon, tested over the limit for adult driver intoxication, according to Trooper Morris Johnson who investigated the crash.
Woodford was charged with failure to control but Johnson told the News he will be talking to Woodford’s parents today about additional charges.
Johnson said when the car they were driving careened off Floral Valley Drive in Apple Valley, it rolled and slid on the top left corner into a house and spun around before coming to rest. He added only one of the youths was ejected.
Two of the teens walked a mile to the home of one of them for help and a grandmother took them to the hospital. Woodford, along with passenger, David Crowe, 16, Howard, was taken to Grant Medical Center. Crowe was released Wednesday but will require additional facial surgeries. Woodford was released Thursday.
The other two passengers, Eric Lawson, 17 and Jesse Nyhart, 16, both of Mount Vernon, were treated and released from Knox Community Hospital.
According to Johnson, no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.