Delaware County paramedic killed in crash


A Delaware County paramedic was killed in a two-vehicle traffic crash Friday morning on U.S. 62 in Licking County.

Dead in Charles McNabb, 49, of Utica.

The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The Newark Advocate reported Friday that a 2006 Chevy Impala driven by McNabb was traveling west on U.S. 62 at a high speed, according to state troopers, and had driven into the left lane to try and pass another vehicle. McNabb overcorrected to the right, then overcorrected to the left, striking an eastbound semi-truck, the newspaper reported.

Troopers said witnesses stated that McNabb was driving faster than the posted 55 mph speed limit, the Advocate reported.

McNabb was ejected from his vehicle. He reportedly was not wearing a seat belt.

McNabb was a 19-year veteran of the Delaware County EMS. “This is a time for the DCEMS family to come together, care for one another, and McNabb’s family,” said EMS Assistant Chief Eric Burgess. “We see tragedy every day in our line of work, and when it hits home like this, we are reminded that life can change in an instant.”

TV station ABC6 reported Friday afternoon that McNabb was rushing to a hospital after his teen son was injured at Johnstown High School.

The driver of the semi-truck, Kevin Cooper of Columbus, was not injured.

The Granville post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Staff Report

Information for this story was provided by the Delaware County Commission’s office.

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