Passenger dies after jumping from moving vehicle

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Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, along with the West Liberty Fire Department and Macochee EMS were dispatched about 6:45 a.m. Thursday to the area of 1183 E. Township Road 190 on a report of a man who had jumped from a vehicle and had sustained serious injuries.

Paramedics were performing live-saving measures on Cory M. Stewart, 26, of 106 W. Williams Ave., Bellefontaine, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Also at the scene, deputies report that a car was parked on the roadway near a short concrete bridge and there was a large pool of blood on the roadway near the car.

Deputies spoke with the driver of the vehicle, Stewart’s girlfriend, Heather L. Waskom, 26, of Gunntown Road, Bellefontaine.

She told deputies that Stewart had not been in a good emotional state lately and that he had made threats to end his life. The incident of him jumping from her vehicle was actually the second time he had taken such action while riding in her vehicle that morning.

Earlier that morning, Waskom said she had picked up Stewart after he had left home and was walking in the area of County Road 1.

 

She made a westbound turn onto east T.R. 190 and he made a first attempt to jump from her vehicle when she was traveling 15 mph while negotiating a curve. He landed in the grass and was not injured in the first attempt.

The driver said she pulled Stewart back into her vehicle, and sev- eral minutes later, he jumped out of the moving car again when she had accelerated in the area of 1183 E. T.R. 190. Waskom said she tried to grab Stewart before he jumped, but she was unsuccessful.

Waskom related that she stopped her vehicle, exited the car and called 911.

Deputies said the inside of the vehicle was in a general state of order, with no signs of a struggle. While speaking with the driver, deputies said she was emotional and expressed sorrow and she completed a voluntary statement for deputies.

No further investigation is pending, deputies said.