Thanks to the safety belt which saved the life of a 2-year-old Malvern boy but his whose died Wednesday when his car crashed  with an oncoming pickup truck.

According to Lt. Eric Escola, commander of  the New Philadelphia post of the Ohio Highway Patrol the car driver, John E. Earley Jr., 26, of 7144 Sandy Lane, Malvern, died at the scene as recorded by the Carroll County Coroner’s investigator after the 11:30 a.m. crash.

Escola said that the head impact was tremendous while his son survived because he was secured in the child-safety seat. The accident on state Route 13 near Malvern also injured the driver of the other vehicle..

The boy, Braden M. Earley was brought to a Canton hospital, but his condition was not immediately known. The boy was seated at the back of the mid-sized Pontiac G6 secured in a seat belt.

Thomas D. Wilson, 21, of 7 Ontario Trail, Malvern, who was driving the truck, was also transported to a Canton hospital. The police said his injuries were not life-threatening and they did not notice if he had a seat belt.

Wilson was traveling north of  Route 43 when he swerved left of the center when his  1996 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup truck crashed into the oncoming car of Earley. The collision caused the car backward as both vehicles spun sideways before stopping in the southbound lane of Route 43.

Escola said that the driver-side airbag of the car must have deployed the driver as he wasn’t using his seat belt.

Earley must have been trying to brake prior to the crash just south of Route 183 and just east of Malvern as there were skid marks at the scene.

Escola noticed that the pickup truck’s driver showed no evasive action. A witness saw that the truck drifted to the center without any reason. It proceeded straight into the oncoming lane. The police are continuing their investigation but ruled out any alcohol.

State troopers had not yet talked to Wilson why his truck just comes out of a gradual left curve. The crash occurred on a straight, flat section of the road where there were much visibility in both sides.

Carroll County was also the scene of a fatal vehicular accident crash last year when a woman died in a crash that January.

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