UPDATE | Man indicted in deadly Meigs County crash

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MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 9/10/19 @ 10:20 p.m.
A man was indicted Tuesday in the deaths of two people killed last month in a crash on state Route 7, the Meigs County Prosecutor's Office says.

Two people died after a car and motorcycle collided around 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 on state Route 7 near Greenup Lane in Meigs County, Ohio.

Austin Halfhill, 22, is accused of driving his Nissan Altima left of center near Chester, Ohio, and crashing into a motorcycle operated by John McElfresh, 62, of Glouster. Both McElfresh and a passenger on the motorcycle, Brenda Suttle, 59, of Crooksville, died at the scene from their injuries.

The crash happened Aug. 4.

Investigators say Halfhill was under the influence at the time of the crash and had admitted to using methamphetamine and buprenorphine before the collision. He also is alleged to have been driving with a suspended license.

Halfhill was indicted for three counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, and two counts of vehicular manslaughter.

Halfhill, who has been in custody since the crash, is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Meigs County Court of Common Pleas.



UPDATE 8/7/19 @ 9:37 a.m.
Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the name of the driver charged in connection with a double fatal crash.

Troopers say Austin Halfhill, 22, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. He will appear in court Tuesday.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on State Route 7 near Greenup Lane in Meigs County.

Investigators say Halfhill was under the influence when he crashed into the victims' motorcycle.

The accident killed Brenda Suttle, 59, of Crooksville, Ohio, and John McElfresh, 62, of Glouster, Ohio, according to troopers.

Emergency responders found McElfresh's body at the crash site, but at first they didn't know there was a second victim.

Suttle's son wasn't able to get in touch with his mom and got worried. Her body was found the following morning.

The Meigs County sheriff says Suttle's body was thrown from the bike onto the side of a hill by the road.

Halfhill is being held at the Meigs County Jail.



UPDATE 8/6/19 @ 11 p.m.
A family is mourning the loss of a woman who was killed in a motorcycle crash.

Police say the man who caused the crash was under the influence, and he's facing charges.

On Sunday, Brenda Suttle was paying tribute to one of her sons on the 19th anniversary of his death. He'd been killed in a car crash.

She went for a motorcycle ride with her friend John McElfresh.

"It doesn't feel real yet," Suttle's other son Tim Kennedy said. "She'd do anything she could for anybody."

Investigators say around 1:30 Sunday afternoon, a driver who was under the influence crashed into them on state Route 7 in Meigs County.

Emergency responders found McElfresh's body at the crash site, but at first they didn't know there was a second victim.

"She wasn't anywhere she was supposed to be," Kennedy said. "I got ahold of her work. She'd actually left her car there and left from there."

Kennedy wasn't able to get in touch with his mom and feared the worst.

The sheriff says Suttle's body had been thrown off the bike onto the side of a hill by the road. Her body was found the following morning.

"It's kind of gut-wrenching to know that there was a possibility she was OK, because they didn't find her," he said.

Kennedy later wondered if she'd been there all night in pain wondering if anybody was going to help her, but he later heard after an autopsy that she'd been killed on impact.

He says that came as a relief to find out she wasn't suffering all night.

"That gave me some peace of mind," he said.

The sheriff says the man who crashed into them has been arrested and is being held at the Meigs County Jail.

Kennedy says it's a tragic reminder of why it's never worth getting behind the wheel under the influence.

"If you're going to do that, at least don't endanger other people," he said.

Kennedy said he considered going to the suspect's arraignment but decided there was too much of a chance he'd become too angry.



UPDATE 8/5/19 @ 6 p.m.
Another person died after a car crashed into a motorcycle Sunday, her body discovered Monday morning near the crash site in Meigs County.

Brenda Suttle, 59, of Crooksville, Ohio, is the second victim, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say. Suttle's body was found at the scene along state Route 7 near Greenup Lane.

The other victim, John Mcelfresh, 62, of Glouster, Ohio was found at the scene Sunday. Troopers say a car going the opposite direction hit the motorcycle head-on.

Troopers say Suttle's son called investigators and said his mother may have been on the motorcycle at the time of the crash, saying her family had not heard from her.

Investigators are still working to reconstruct the accident. They say it is not clear how far Suttle's body ended up from the actual point of impact.



UPDATE 8/4/19 @ 9:50 p.m.
One person is dead after a motorcycle was hit head-on by a car in Meigs County Sunday.

Troopers with Ohio State Highway Patrol say John Mcelfresh, 62, from Glouster was on his motorcycle on state Route 7 when a car going the opposite direction his him head on.

The road was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries.

Troopers say they are still investigating the details of what happened.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/4/19 @ 4:20 p.m.
Troopers are on scene of a crash that involves a motorcycle Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 2 p.m. Sunday on state Route 7 near Greenup Lane in Meigs County.

Troopers say a car is also involved.

There is no word on any injuries.

Crews are redirecting traffic in the area.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.


Two people died after a car and motorcycle collided around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on state Route 7 near Greenup Lane in Meigs County, Ohio.
Family remember the life of Brenda Suttle, one of two people killed after a car crashed into a motorcycle on state Route 7 in Meigs County, Ohio.