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Charges possible in Mason County deadly accident

State Police say John Kay of Southside was killed Wednesday when the farm tractor he was operating was struck broadside by an SUV.


SOUTHSIDE, W.Va. — An Ohio motorist could face negligent homicide charges for an accident which left a Mason County man dead.  

State Police said John Henry Kay, 46, of Southside, W.Va. was killed Wednesday when his farm tractor was struck on U.S. Route 35 in Mason County.  The accident happened about eight miles west of the Mason/Putnam County line.

Troopers said John P. Howard, 68, of Gahanna, Ohio was passing multiple vehicles following the tractor in a no passing zone on the two-lane highway. Investigators said when Kay went to make a left hand turn into his farm, Howard’s vehicle struck him broadside. The impact flipped the tractor on its top and pinned Kay underneath. Kay was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said the Mason County prosecutor is expected to charge Howard with negligent homicide since the accident happened in a no passing zone. The charges aren’t expected to be filed until the case is presented to the next Mason County grand jury.

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