Victim identified in deadly crash on I-70; driver of BMW booked into jail

SPRINGFIELD — A 20-year-old New York man was killed and a BMW driver arrested in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday on Interstate 70 East that sent two others to the hospital.

Matthew W. Eskeli IV, 20, of Falconer, N.Y., died from injuries after he was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by a medical helicopter, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post.

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Mark J. Terrell, 37, of South Charleston, was driving a 2008 BMW M3 east on I-70 when he struck the side of Eskeli’s 2012 Ford Focus around 2:30 a.m. The impact caused the Ford off the right side of the roadway. It then struck an exit sign, light pole and rolled over before coming to rest on its left side, the highway patrol said.

The BMW continued east for a short distance before it became disabled. Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, according to troopers.

Terrell was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence, but charges have not been formally filed.

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Two passengers in the Ford, Zach B. Cooper, 21, of Brockport, N.Y., and Benjamin E. Cooper, 22, of Corning, N.Y., were taken to area hospitals.

Zach Cooper was taken to Springfield Regional Hospital with life-threatening and transferred by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Benjamin Cooper was taken to Springfield Regional Hospital for precautionary reasons, according to the highway patrol.
There were two people in the BMW. Neither were reported injured in the crash.

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The crash closed the right lanes of I-70 east at Ohio 41, but all lanes were reopened as of 8 a.m.

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