Man, 97, dies after collision in Wood Co.


STONY RIDGE — A 97-year-old man died shortly after a car crashed with a tractor-trailer on the Ohio Turnpike in northeastern Wood County on Saturday morning, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Sanbamurti Shankara was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, where he died, according to the patrol.

About 10:24 a.m., Vijay Sharma, 49, of Solon, Ohio, was leaving the turnpike at Exit 71 when he lost control of the car on the ramp and it went off the left side of the road into oncoming traffic, according to the patrol. A truck driven by Wayne Sheatler, 33, of Claysville, Pa., was entering the turnpike and was struck by the car, the patrol said. Exit 71 connects the turnpike to State Rt. 420 and I-280.

Mr. Sharma had three passengers and the deceased was in the back seat, according to the patrol. One passenger was Priya Vijayshankar, 41, of Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The name of the third was not immediately available. Besides the deceased, two people from the car were believed taken to a hospital, the patrol said.