Fatal Accident in Perry Co.

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The Lancaster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that 25-year-old Michael Ozimok of New Lexington was killed in a two car accident Tuesday evening in Perry County.

The Patrol said that around 6:30PM, 25-year-old Nicholas White, of Corning, was traveling west on State Route 204 in a 2008 Chevy Aveo, when he tried to improperly pass a Mazda, that was making a left turn onto County Road 82.

White’s vehicle struck the Mazda, sending the Mazda off the right side of the road where it overturned in a ditch.

White’s vehicle drove off the right side of the road, striking a traffic sign, utility pole and the ditch.

The driver of the Mazda 54-year-old George Megimose and his occupant 58-year-old Christine Megimose, both of Thornville, were treated and released with minor injuries.

White was transported to Grant Hospital where he’s in serious condition. 40-year-old Jaclyn Denny, of Buckeye Lake, a passenger in White’s vehicle was transported to Mount Carmel in serious condition. Another passenger in White’s vehicle, 25-year-old Michael Ozimok, of New Lexington, was flown to Grant Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

The Patrol said Ozimok and Denny were not wearing safety belts. The Patrol believes drug use to be a factor in the crash.

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Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.