Wellington Daily News
One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday morning south of Marion, Ohio, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.
Jesse Williamson, 26, formerly of Conway Springs, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt south on Ohio 423 about 6:10 a.m. when he drove off the right side of the road, and then turned the car to the left, over-correcting and driving left of center, according to the release.
Sheri Morrow, 53, of Marion, was driving a 2017 GMC Acadia north on Ohio 423 and collided with Williamson's car when he crossed the center line, hitting the passenger side of his car, the release states.
Troopers were called to the crash site north of Newmans Cardington Road, where Williamson was pronounced dead, the release says.
Morrow was ultimately taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus with serious injuries, according to the release and a hospital spokesperson. She was in fair and stable condition as of Thursday morning, said hospital spokesperson Lauree Cogley.
Highway Patrol Lt. Lance Shearer said the cause of the crash was still under investigation.
When asked about road conditions, Shearer said there were slick spots on parts of the road Wednesday morning.
Williamson had been the founder of the rock group, Kirra, since 2014. Kirra was set to start a multi-state tour next month, including a stop at the Cotillon in Wichita. In recent years, he had been living in Marion, Ohio.
Since Jesse believed so much in Kirra and music, the band wishes to honor his memory by continuing their upcoming tour with Nothing More in February. The details of the tour are currently being figured out.
The members of Kirra released this statement on Thursday afternoon. “It is with great pain in our heart that we share this news. Our best friend/brother, Jesse, passed away in a car accident yesterday morning in Ohio. We’re all still in shock of the news and still processing all of this. One thing we know for sure is that Kirra and all of you wonderful people meant the world to Jesse, and things are going to be strange without him. His music and talent was a direct reflection of himself, he was always honest in his music, he never swept his pain under the rug. He was a gentle soul with a great talent who wore his heart on his sleeve, and we are going to miss him greatly. We respectfully ask for privacy as we deal with all of this, thank you guys for all your love and support. It means the absolute world to us and Jesse’s family.”
Kristie McMinnville, a former classmate of Jesse’s, said, “I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that he passed. He was always very nice to me, I will miss hearing about all the success he was having in his music career. I knew him from going to school at Conway Springs . He was a freshman when I was a senior. I graduated in 2007 and he graduated in 2010 ... my boyfriend and Jesse were friends as well.”
Jesse was the grandson of recently retired Conway Springs coach Fred Cottrell. A memorial to the Conway Springs High School Music Department has been set up in his name.
Former Conway Springs resident and singer killed in Ohio traffic accident