2 hurt in Rocky Grove crash; police say driver had meth

From Staff Reports

Two people were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Rocky Grove in which police say the driver was found to be in possession of a bag containing methamphetamine.

Sugarcreek Borough police said Jacob Hernan, 23, of Franklin, was driving a vehicle on Rocky Grove Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when he failed to negotiate a slight left turn and his vehicle left the road.

Witnesses told police they didn’t see any break lights or any type of corrective maneuvers, police said.

The vehicle traveled about 257 feet before striking a tree head on, police said.

Police said Hernan crawled out of the vehicle after the crash with a bag and entered a wooded area where he left the bag and started walking north on Rocky Grove Avenue away from the scene.

Police said they had no trouble locating Hernan, who was unable to get far due to injuries he sustained in the crash.

Police said they located the bag which contained various items, including methamphetamine.

Hernan and a 17-year-old passenger were transported to UPMC Northwest to be treated for serious injuries, police said.

Charges from the crash are pending blood test results, according to police.

Hernan also had multiple warrants out for his arrest that were not related to the crash, police said. In addition, police said, Hernan was listed as being an absconder from Pennsylvania Probation and Parole.

Police were assisted by Community Ambulance Service and Rocky Grove and Reno volunteer firefighters.