Trooper Shows Signs Of Improvement After Head-On Crash

  • 8/5/2019 3:03:33 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

COLUMBUS, OH - After a head-on crash with an impaired driver that nearly took his life, Trooper Jason Phillips of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is beginning to show early signs of recovery, according to an "Ohio Going Blue" Facebook post.

On Sunday, the community-run Facebook page posted an update on Phillips' condition, describing his current state. In the update, Phillips is said to have been using a speaking valve, a medical apparatus that is designed to help patients speak normally. Phillips is said to have said the word "mom" several times, and was also able to kick one or both of his legs and laugh.

As of Monday afternoon, the post had received over 9.6 thousand reactions and over 800 comments wishing the officer luck on his recovery.

The accident occurred when Trooper Jason Phillips was dispatched to locate a possible impaired driver at approximately 2:40 A.M. on Thursday, June 27th. The driver was said to be in the area of milepost 155 on Interstate 71. 

While traveling northbound, Trooper Phillips was struck by another vehicle that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. 

The crash resulted in both vehicles catching fire. 

The Ohio Highway Patrol states that a good Samaritan stopped to provide assistance, but was also injured. The good Samaritan and Trooper Phillips were flown to a hospital in Columbus. The driver of the wrong way vehicle was transported to a hospital in Mansfield. 

Trooper Phillips was listed in critical condition at OSU Medical Center at that time. The driver of the wrong way vehicle, 36-year-old Mansfield resident Michael Marchak Jr., was listed in critical condition at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

The good samaritan, 27-year-old Koso Tsiboe, was treated for a minor leg injury and then released from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. 

An investigation determined that Marchak Jr. was the possible impaired driver that Trooper Phillips was dispatched to investigate, and that he had been using drugs.

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