Robbie and Wyatt Smith
Robbie and Wyatt Smith

(11-21-19) Deputies from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a double-fatal, single-car crash that occurred about 3:11 p.m. Wednesday on Township Road 230 between state routes 540 and 47. Two Benjamin Logan HS brothers Robbie (16) and Wyatt (14) Smith, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Robbie was driving and brother Wyatt was a passenger in a 1996 Honda Accord southbound on 230 when he went left of center. Cody Carpenter (25)  of Zanesfield, was operating a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo northbound on 230.

Carpenter took evasive action to avoid the collision, when his car spun out in the middle of the road and came to rest in the grass on the west side of the road.

Smith’s vehicle went off the west side of the road, struck a tree, and burst into flames.

The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived, and the fire was not able to be contained for almost 20 minutes.

Superintendent David Harmon of the Benjamin Logan Local School District

Wyatt Smith, a Freshman, and Robert Smith, or as we all know him, Robbie, a Junior – brothers, were killed in a car accident after dismissal last afternoon.  The boys were both very involved in the school.  They were involved in several different athletics in both of their times in school.  Over different years, the boys played football, basketball, baseball.  Wyatt was a track athlete, I know.  As an 8th grader, I believe he was challenging for the middle school record as a pole vaulter.  Both boys were very much loved by their peers. Wyatt specifically was a leader in his class as a class officer.  Both boys had a large circle of friends.  Both funny and fun to be around.  Wyatt was involved in organizing Make a Difference Day as his class was in charge of service learning projects in the Belle Center area.  He met with the Belle Center trustees and mayor to get their blessing and input on what projects were to be done there on Make a Difference Day.

Our staff and students have been through a lot recently.  Our community outpouring of love in the last 14-15 hours or so has been unbelievable.  We have counselors coming from the professional counseling service TCN, in Bellefontaine.  Guidance Counselors from many area schools are also coming to be with our students and staff.  We have a social worker as well who will be here to provide supports.  I spent about an hour on the phone texting and Facebook Messaging this morning starting around 6:00 again (after conversations last night) with area ministers who will be here shortly.  This community is hurting badly, but they are coming together to hold each other up in amazing ways as well.

The Benjamin Logan Local School District was delayed this morning and all after school activities were cancelled.