State highway patrol investigating fatal traffic accident in Tallmadge

JEFF SAUNDERS
Reporter

TALLMADGE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it is still unclear whether any charges or citations will be filed against the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a Tallmadge man on Southeast Avenue July 19.

“They’re still working through the investigation,” said OSHP Sgt. Richard Sprague said Thursday, adding he believes once the investigation is concluded, it will go to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office for a determination as to whether there will be any charges or citations.

OSHP said that a Tallmadge man was driving a 2016 Kia Soul southeast on Southeast Avenue near South Alling Road when his vehicle struck 44-year Lawrence D. Linkous near the center of the road while he was apparently walking southeast at about 1:05 a.m. July 19.

Tallmadge EMS took Linkous to Akron City Hospital, where he later died. The driver was not injured during the crash.

Gary Guenther, chief investigator with the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the cause of Linkous’ death was determined to have been “multiple blunt force injuries.”

OSHP Sgt. Tim Dearmitt said it is believed Linkous had been drinking alcohol, but it is uncertain to what extent. Guenther said blood alcohol content testing was expected to be done on Linkous, but as of Thursday, it had not been completed yet.

Sprague said the highway patrol is investigating the crash at the request of Tallmadge police.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.