Father of Injured Teen: Potholes Caused Marengo Crash
Updated: Thursday, May 2 2013, 05:23 AM EDT
MARENGO (Tom Bosco/Ken Hines) -- The father of one of two teens to survive a spectacular car crash last week says the wreck could have been avoided by better upkeep of county roads, but investigators disagree.
Doug Rowe's 16-year-old son Kyle was behind the wheel when he lost control and crashed into a tree on County Road 170 in Morrow County on April 26.
Both Rowe and his passenger, Noah Smith, also 16, were ejected from the car, which caught fire after the impact.
"For the kids to have lived through that, it's amazing," Doug Rowe said. "Someone was watching over them."
Rowe blames potholes for the crash, which he says forced his son to go left-of-center, which in turn led him to over-correct.
The Morrow Co. Engineer admitted that some of the county's roads are in bad shape, but said, while he oversees 326 miles of road, he only has the budget to repave 10 miles each year.
While the some of the county's roads are undeniably in need of repair, Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators say pavement conditions did not lead to the crash that injured the teens, instead identifying speed and driver error as the causes.
Both Kyle Rowe and Smith suffered serious injuries in the crash. Rowe is recovering at home, while Smith remains in the hospital.