UPDATE: Verbal altercation leads to fatal rollover crash in in St. Joseph County, driver arrested

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- UPDATE: The St. Joseph County Police Department reports around 11:45 p.m., Thursday, June 20, officers responded to S.R. 2 and Pine Road for a verbal altercation between two drivers involved in a crash.

Upon arrival, authorities found only one driver on scene.

The driver, identified as 33-year-old Rene Hernandez-Ramirez of Goshen, told police the other driver left the scene in a gray SUV heading north on Pine Road.

While the on-scene officer was talking with Hernandez-Ramirez, a police radio dispatch went out for a single vehicle rollover crash involving a gray SUV a mile and a half north of S.R. 2 on Pine Road, just south of Edison Road.

Upon arrival at the Pine Road rollover crash, authorities discovered the driver, identified as 27-year- Justus Taylor O’Hara of South Bend, unconscious and pinned under the SUV lying on its roof.

First responders attempted life saving measures, however, O'Hara was pronounced dead on scene by medical personnel.

The crash resulted in damage to two wooden utility poles and AEP power lines. Those repairs have been completed.

The report goes on so say after noticing signs of intoxication, officers issued Hernandez-Ramirez a portable breathalyzer test.

A short time later Hernandez-Ramirez was arrested on scene, suspected of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, a level A misdemeanor, and taken to the St. Joseph County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing investigation being handled by the St. Joseph County Police Department Traffic Investigation Unit.

Authorities say speed and intoxication are believed to be factors in the fatal rollover crash.

ORIGINAL STORY: Officers were dispatched to the 55100 block of Pine Road, near the intersection of Edison Road and Pine Road, just before midnight, for a rollover crash. 

Officers discovered a male driver unconscious and pinned in a vehicle on its roof, upon arrival. 

Medical and fire personnel attempted life saving measures, but the driver was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.

Pine Road from Edison to Ardmore remain closed this morning, while crews work on power and utility lines damaged by the crash. 

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