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Mount Vernon Man Deceased After Fatal Crash on Columbus Road

May 3, 2024
Press release

On May 2, 2024 at 4:36 PM Officers of the Mount Vernon Police Department and Emergency
Personnel from the Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to a reported two-vehicle
accident on Columbus Road near the intersection of South Main Street. It was reported that
the accident involved a motorcycle and a commercial dump truck.

Upon the officers’ arrival a single male victim, Robert (Bob) Staats, age 73, from Mount
Vernon, was located. Mr. Staats was declared deceased at this time from apparent injuries
sustained in the accident.

Due to the nature of the accident, the Mount Vernon Police Department requested assistance
from the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP). Upon the arrival of OSP Troopers the accident
scene was turned over to OSP as the lead investigative agency for the incident.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is actively investigating this incident and further updates will
be released through them. There have been no charges nor citations issued at this time
pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Mount Vernon Police Department would like to extend its condolences to the Staats
family and all others who have been affected by this tragic incident.

Robert K. Morgan
Chief of Police

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