The crash involved a semi and a pick-up
The Chillicothe Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle fatal crash which occurred on US 23 in Ross County near Orr Road, at approximately 9:05pm Monday.
44-year-old Matthew S. Barnhart of Chillicothe was traveling southbound on US 23 in a 1998 Peterbuilt semi-truck hauling a track-hoe on a trailer. Mr. Barnhart had pulled onto US 23 from an access road south of Orr Road. 47-year-old Larry E. Ritchart Jr. of Chillicothe was traveling southbound on US 23 in a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck when his vehicle struck the rear end of Mr. Barnhart’s trailer.
The passenger in Mr. Ritchart’s vehicle, 20-year-old Brent R. Smith of Chillicothe was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The passenger in Mr. Barnhart’s vehicle, 74-year-old Ralyn L. Barnhart of Chillicothe was not injured in the crash.
Mr. Richart and Mr. Barnhart were not injured in the crash.