Highway patrol investigating fatal crash

Staff Report

February 6, 2014

GALLIA COUNTY — The Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a one-vehicle crash involving a fatality that occurred this weekend in Gallia County.

According to a release issued by the OHSP on Wednesday morning, the crash occurred at approximately 9:10 a.m. on February 1 on Ohio 233 after a 2007 Ford Expedition traveling west on Ohio 233 and being driven by Cory M. Perkins, 25, Huntington, W.Va., traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail.

The driver, as well as the three passengers of the vehicle, Erin P. Murphy, 15, Huntington, W.Va., Elizabeth N. Tabor, 18, Huntington, W.Va., and Andrew D. Jeffers, 20, Huntington, W.Va., were transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital via Medflight following the crash.

Jeffers later expired as a result of his injuries, while the remaining three occupants of the vehicle reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries.

According to the patrol, none of the occupants were wearing restraining devices at the time of the crash. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.