Former Coaches Remember 21-Year-Old Killed In Licking Co Crash


UPDATED: Thursday May 23, 2013 3:59 PM

The Ohio Highway Patrol says Caleb Miller of Baltimore was killed when a tractor-trailer struck his pick-up truck, catching it on fire before the truck hit another tractor-trailer.

Miller,21, was a 2010 graduate of Liberty Union Thurston High School and was on both the Track and Varsity Football teams.

His coaches say Miller was a quiet leader among his peers and his death is a huge blow to his former classmates and the community.

“For those that didn't know him, he had a beautiful smile and very, very loved. Caleb was a really good athlete- he just didn't know it. He was a hard working farm kid,” said Krista Azeltine, his former track coach.

“He was just a blessing to anyone who knows him, said Dan Johnson, his former football coach.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

Caleb’s brother told 10TV that Caleb was on his way home from his job at the JC Penny Distribution Center.

10TV looked at statistics of fatal semi-truck crashes across the state.

From 2010-2012, the number of fatal crashes involving semi-trucks totaled 165.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, of those, only 45 were determined to be the fault of the semi-truck driver.

According to OHP statistics, the second leading cause involves semi- truck drivers who follow too close.

The Highway patrol says that occurred 11 times.

But the number one cause for fatal crashes involving semi-trucks involves improper lane changing.

Statistics show that it happened in 13 of the 45 fatal crashes involving semi-trucks.

The counties with the highest number of fatal semi-truck crashes in central Ohio are Licking, Marion and Logan and Marion counties. Each one had four.

When it comes to the interstates with the highest fatal crash total involving semi- trucks, Interstate 71 comes in third with nine fatal crashes, I-70 is second with 11, and I-75 ranks first with 12 fatalities involving semi-trucks from 2010 to 2012.

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