One killed, two hurt in Athens County crash

ATHENS, Ohio — Troopers from the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Saturday morning on State Route 56 west of Hoover Road in Athens County.

At approximately 08:50 a.m. on Saturday, Charlene V. Sharpe, 39, of Athens, was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla westbound on State Route 56 when she failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the right side of the road.

The vehicle continued before striking a tree where it came to rest, the OSHP reported.

The right rear passenger in the vehicle, Raymond M. Ogburn, 43, of New Marshfield, was pronounced dead on scene by Dr. Carl Ortman, Athens County Coroner.

The right front passenger, Megan L. Morgan, 23, of Albany, was transported by Athens County EMS to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital. Sharpe was also transported by Athens County EMS to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital then transported by squad to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

Safety belts were in use by the front seat occupants. Ogburn was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.