Crash claims life of South Point teen

Published 5:37 pm Sunday, November 16, 2014

Memorial set for 7 p.m. at SPHS

SOUTH POINT — One teenager is dead and three others injured following a crash on U.S. 52.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the two-vehicle crash happened at about 12:58 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 52 at the intersection of County Road 15 (Lick Creek Road) about three miles west of South Point.

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Killed in the accident was 17-year-old Jacob Damron, of South Point.

According a release by the OSHP, Damron was an occupant of a 1995 Ford Probe was traveling southbound on County Road 15 when it failed to yield entering the highway. As a result, a 1990 Chrysler New Yorker struck the side of the Ford. Damron was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.

Sara A. Thoman, of South Point, was also in the Ford. She is listed in critical condition.

Occupants of the Chrysler were Hobart E. Vannatter, 73, of Hurricane, West Virginia, and Amber N. Lester, 32, also of Hurricane. Vannatter is listed in serious condition; Lester received minor injuries.

U.S. 52 was closed for about two hours as a result of crash. The accident remains under investigation.

A memorial service for Damron is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at South Point High School.