Shawna E. Smith, Ronald D. Smith Killed in Accident at I-71 in Bellville, OH

May 1, 2024
Victim's Name(s)
Shawna E. Smith, Ronald D. Smith
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

I-71, Bellville, OH, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Vehicles Involved
Nissan Rogue, Minivan, Tractor-Trailer
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Nissan Rogue collided with a tractor-trailer

What Happened

Authorities are investigating a crash that killed two people at I-71 in Bellville, OH on May 1st, 2024. Police say the incident involved a Nissan Rogue colliding with an animal in roadway, impacting visibility for the driver. The vehicle is said to have begun to slow down before a semi-truck traveling behind the vehicle severed to avoid a collision. Reports say the truck veered across a median into oncoming lanes, colliding with a minivan and a Ford Escape before catching fire. The driver of the minivan, identified as 60-year-old Shawna E. Smith and the driver of the Ford, 62-year-old Ronald D. Smith, were both killed, reports say. Additional information was not available.

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