Two Ohio University Students Die In Athens Crash

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Two Ohio University students are dead after an overnight crash in Athens.

The Ohio Highway Patrol identified Laiken Nicole Salyers, 23, of Wheelersburg, Ohio and Richard R. Turner, 20, of East Orange, New Jersey as the victims.

Richard Turner and Laiken Salyers [From Salyers’ October 10, 2020 Facebook post]
The crash was reported by a passerby Sunday at 8:33 a.m.

Authorities said a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze with Salyers and Turner inside was traveling eastbound on Dairy Lane near the intersection South Park Drive. The vehicle went off the left side of the road after slipping on ice in a curve and flipped onto its top and became partially submerged in a creek.

Further details about the crash have not been provided as the investigation continues.

Troopers from the Athens Post of the Highway Patrol are leading the investigation with assistance from the Athens Police Department, Ohio University Police Department, Athens Fire Department, Athens County EMS and the Athens County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information pertaining to the crash is asked to contact the Athens Patrol Post at (740) 593-6611.