By Wayne Gates –
One person was killed and three others injured after an apparently drug-impared driver crossed the center line and hit two vehicles on U.S. 68 just south of Georgetown the evening of June 6.
According to a press release from the Ohio Highway Patrol, Steven Cluxton of West Union was driving south on U.S. 68 when he went left of center.
He sideswiped a Ford F-150 and then hit a GMC Sonoma head-on.
A passenger in the Sonoma, Elethia Davis of Georgetown, died while in emergency care. The driver, Taylor Davis, is in stable condition at University of Cincinnati Hospital.
The occupants of the F-150 were treated and released at Mt. Orab Mercy.
Cluxton was also treated and released and then taken into custody. He is currently in the Brown County Jail on $250,000 bond, facing charges of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Assault and Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol.
According to a statement from OHP Trooper K.J. Klontz to the Brown County Municipal Court, “Steven Cluxton advised that he had shot up heroin on Monday evening and used methamphetamine on Sunday evening. Cluxton stated that he used those drugs approximately two times a week.”
Klontz also stated that “It was reported to me that Steven Cluxton was on the nod, which consists of Cluxton’s head falling down in a non-responsive manner when he was being spoken to by emergency medical personnel at the crash scene. I noticed Cluxton’s pupils did not respond to light. I noticed that Cluxton had poor balance and droopy eyelids. These are common signs of current and recent drug usage. Cluxton stated to me that he used all types of drugs about a year ago, including heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine.”
Cluxton was released from prison in January after serving time for drug related charges out of Adams County. He also has been to prison on drug related charges from Hamilton County. He also has three driving while intoxicated charges, one from Adams County in 2008 and two from Kentucky in 2017.
“This accident shows the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” said Ohio Highway Patrol Lieutenant Randy McElfresh.
“Anyone who sees what they suspect is an impaired driver is asked to call 911 or the Ohio Highway Patrol at #677.”
Assisting at the scene were Georgetown Fire Department and Life Squad, Russellville Fire department and Life Squad, Mt. Orab Life Squad, Ripley Life Squad, Sardinia Life Squad, Air Evac and UC Air Care.