Drugs Suspected in Deadly Crash on Ohio Pike

( Batavia Twp ) - A crash late Tuesday morning shut down Ohio Pike for hours as police and the coroner responded to the scene.

A statement from the Ohio State Highway Patrol says 42-year-old Douglas Needles of Amelia was eastbound when he drove his car into the westbound lanes, crashing in to two oncoming SUVs. Needles was pronounced dead at the scene as was another driver, 55-year-old Douglas Hewitt of Florida. The woman driving the other SUV suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers believe drugs were a contributing factor in the crash. Officers from the OSHP Batavia Post are still investigating the case.