Fatal crash in stolen truck may have drug, alcohol link

EAST PALESTINE – Both drugs and alcohol may have contributed to the death of a 20-year-old Glenwood Avenue man killed Nov. 18 in a one-car accident at the intersection of state Routes 558 and 46 in Unity Township.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released information from the Columbiana County Coroner’s Office Friday, which showed Taylor D. Bilbo had a blood alcohol content of .208 at the time of his death. Additionally, he tested positive for Benzoidiazepines Diazepam, used to treat insomnia or anxiety; cannibinoids (marijuana) and cocaine.

Previously it was reported by the patrol, Bilbo was driving a stolen truck at nearly 100 miles per hour when he crashed. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash where the 2007 Chevy 1500 truck he was driving went off the side of the roadway, striking a ditch, becoming airborne, striking a tree then coming to rest in a creek. Bilbo was ejected.

The area where Bilbo crashed is a 55 mph roadway, but reports showed he was driving 98 mph.

The truck Bilbo was driving had been taken without permission from owner Sammy Adams, Boardman Street, New Waterford. Adams reportedly last saw the truck at 4:15 a.m. It had been left unlocked with the keys inside, sitting on a towel between the driver and passenger seat. Adams was notified at 6:52 a.m. his truck had been involved in a crash, which is when he reportedly realized it had been taken.

Bilbo’s father had told troopers he believed his son was attending a party close to Adams’ house the previous night.