January 26, 2020 Lt. Larry Roberts Chardon Post Ohio Highway Patrol Investigating a Fatal Crash (Perry Township) - On January 26, 2020 at 02:43 A.M., troopers from the Chardon Post were dispatched to a fatal crash on U.S, 20 mile post 21. Troopers along with emergency personnel from the Perry Township Fire Department responded to the scene. A white 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Natalie A. Baird, 20 years old from Perry, Ohio and her passenger, Jared T. Smith, 25 years old also from Perry, Ohio were traveling eastbound on U.S. 20. A white 2001 Honda Accord, driven by Matthew J. Baker, 23 years old from Perry, Ohio, was traveling westbound on U.S. 20. The preliminary investigation shows the Chevrolet Trailblazer travels left of center into the westbound lanes of travel and strikes the Honda Accord head-on. Mr. Baker sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Ms. Baird was transported from the scene via Perry EMS to Cleveland Metro Hospital with incapacitating injuries. Mr. Smith was transported from the scene via Perry EMS to Tri Point Hospital, also with incapacitating injuries. All occupants were not wearing their safety belts and alcohol is believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation. **************************************** PUBLISHED 9:58 AM 1/26/2020 www.WesternReserveNews.com *