Collision with truck in Ohio kills 3 recruits heading to Marine enlistment
BRACEVILLE, Ohio — A truck slammed into a car carrying several young men on their way to a Marine Corps enlistment ceremony, causing a seven-vehicle pileup that killed three of the military applicants, authorities said.
Nineteen-year-olds Zachery Nolen of Newton Falls, Michael T. Theodore Jr. of Warren, and Joshua Sherbourne, 21, of Southington were killed in Wednesday’s crash, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
A Marine at the wheel and a fourth person were hospitalized with injuries.
The three young men had qualified for enlistment but had yet to sign up, according to Marine Sergeant Martin Harris. They were headed to Cleveland to spend the night and take the enlistment oath yesterday, Harris said.
Investigators said the car they were in was about to proceed through an intersection about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland when the truck hit it from behind and pushed it into traffic, where it was hit by several other vehicles.
The driver, 25-year-old Marine Sergeant Charles Keene, and Karl McDermont III of Masury were hospitalized with injuries, the Highway Patrol said.
Keene was in stable condition yesterday, according to the Marine Corps. No immediate medical update was available for McDermont.
None of the other injuries suffered in Wednesday’s crash were serious.
No charges have been filed, the patrol said yesterday.