Report: Devin Smith OK After Flipping Car, Hitting Pole

By DJ Byrnes on July 3, 2014 at 12:43p

Scary report today out of Jackson Township. According to a report from The Canton Repository, Devin Smith was involved in a serious car crash this past Sunday. It resulted in Smith flipping his car and crashing into a utility pole.

From the report:

Devin M. Smith, 22, was driving southbound on Wales Avenue NW around 8:30 a.m. when he left the road and rolled his vehicle, according to the traffic accident report from the police department.

He will be cited in the accident for failure to control, police said.

The traffic report indicates alcohol was suspected in the crash. Smith’s blood was tested and the results showed that he was under the legal limit, according Chief Mark Brink. The accident remains under investigation.

Smith caught 44 balls for 660 yards in the 2013 campaign for Ohio State. An elder statesmen of sorts, Smith was expected to provide some leadership for a largely unproven receiving corps heading into the 2014 season.

This reports puts these Monday tweets from in a new light:

Good to see Ohio State's electric deep threat is still with us. 


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SilverState's picture

Good to hear he's okay.

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Silver Bullet 10's picture

I've witnessed a crash like this as a bystander, and it is incredibly scary. Prayers with Devin.

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hit_the_couch's picture

Glad to see he's alright.

I'm still a big time hater of getting cited for something like that; it just adds insult to injury, especially if it's caused by something that's out of one's control.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Kurt's picture

Wow, coming so close on the heels of Philip Lutzenkirchen's untimely passing this sobering.  Glad that he's ok.

So don't think someone should be cited for something like this?!  Not only could he have injured or killed others alcohol was apparently involved which may have indeed put it very much in his own control.

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Jbuckham94's picture

Just about a year and a month ago (18 years old) I was involved in a single car accident. I dozed off while driving 75 mph on the highway, and when I woke back up, I was in the grass median and hit multiple posts that held a wire in place (there was no guardrail). I swerved the wheel back towards the lane and I ended up spinning out across two lanes and came to rest on the right hand shoulder. The car was totaled and I literally walked out with only a scratch on my shoulder. I wasn't cited by the officer because as he put it, he didn't want to add insult to injury. I certainly should have been cited as I put others in danger, but that's the decision officers have to make.

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

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Kurt's picture

Glad to hear that you are ok and were so lucky.  I had a close family friend who was on the other end of an accident caused by a drowsy driver (he was also probably about your age) and this friend was not as lucky as you.  If you're tired, you should not drive and if you do and something goes wrong I see no such thing as salt in the wound - a citation should be in order.  Pull over and take a nap.  Honestly, in the years I was going to OSU and occasionally driving from my hometown back to Cbus I would get tired and simply pull over to rest for a few minutes.  It's simply not worth the risk.  

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Jbuckham94's picture

I completely agree with you. I've probably annoyed more friends begging them to not drive on 4 hours of sleep than I have begging them not to drive after a couple drinks. I'm very sorry for your friend. 

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

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yrro's picture

"Alcohol was involved" - no it wasn't. He got a blood test, and was below the legal limit, which is well below the level where your ability to drive is significantly affected. More likely sleepiness from partying all night was involved.

Personally, I'm not clear what the point of the citation is in something like this, unless it's to make sure something goes on your record if you continue doing it. You already totaled your car and put your own life in danger... what is the additional deterrence effect supposed to be?

robobuck's picture

Offset the expense of repairing the pole?

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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yrro's picture

That's a separate matter from the citation. You can recover civil damages to replace damaged equipment without a traffic citation. It also likely doesn't even contribute to the same fund.

And depending on where he was, it's not necessarily likely the pole was even owned by City of Columbus. The cost would have to be recouped by AEP or whoever else owned it. Which is going to be a lot more than a traffic citation, anyway, and should be paid by his insurance (albeit usually on a separate deductible from the damage to his car). The cost for a pole replacement is going to run in the hundreds if not thousands of dollars, depending on the pole.

USMC11917's picture

First- Glad he was ok and that to this date and time there has been no additional fallout from this in the legal system.

Second- just because he is under the limit doesn't mean that alcohol can't still be the primary contributing circumstance. Alcohol affects everyone differently depending on their own personal tolerance. I've seen guys blow a .20 and function perfectly and then seen another that was a .05 and I would have thought their behavior would have been reversed. 

Let all of us learn a lesson from this and really evaluate ourselves and the risks involved in drinking and driving. Regardless of the absolute cause of this wreck, being intoxicated at any level and having a wreck is not the type of perception our players need to portray.

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chemicalwaste's picture

It said he was under the legal limit which probably meant he had a few beers the night before. I also think our legal limit is a joke made that way because of groups that have become prohibitionist like MADD that are interested in retribution for the untimely death of a loved one through a crime that someone else really didn't even commit. I understand wanting to prevent someone else going through the same loss, but it has gone over board.

With that, the citation fits. Glad he was OK. It doesn't sound like he's taking it too lightly.

MN Buckeye's picture

A good reminder to be grateful for all of the good things in life. Glad he is ok.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Wow. scary. I had my own mishap when I was younger. Only thing that kept me alive was a highway guardrail protecting me from a drop about 100 feet. Changed the way I behaved pretty damn quick.

Prayers are with you, Good Sir.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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wyatt's picture

Great he is ok. Why is "any" alcohol in his system at 8:30 AM? The most dangerous time of year is the off season when the players have free time to do other things. 

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zjhousley's picture

I am guessing there was alcohol left in his system from the night before.  Probably the reason he got lucky and tested under.  Wonder what Urban will have to say about this.  I doubt he is thrilled there was any alcohol in his system while driving.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

As a former Deputy Sheriff, I can tell you that he could have blown a .00001 and it has to be in the report.  Doesn't matter. It sucks, but that's usually how it is.

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Zimmy07's picture

Would mouthwash cause a reading & subsequent report?

BierStube's picture

Probably not ... a blood test would.

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

rambis's picture

Good to hear all is well, I'm guessing he spent the night and had some residual alcohol remaining in him on his way home?

funtubs's picture

Holy shit I live right next to Wales Ave. I didn't see anything, although its a pretty long road. I hope he's OK.

Son of Sevenless's picture

Thankfully he is okay, but picture Urban that day:

'Hey coach, just wanted to let you know Devin flipped his car this morning and crashed into a utility pole.'

Is it September yet?

ULuvLucy's picture

You can be cited for getting into a random car accident? Sounds sketch af.

BrutusBlock O Proponent of the ladies XS v-neck tee.

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yrro's picture

Yes, you can. Any time you go off the road you can be cited for a failure to control your vehicle. Usually cops don't bother unless they suspect alcohol, or are concerned about making sure everything lines up for civil liability.

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Fatpants's picture

Especially in broad daylight on dry roads. 

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

Toilrt Paper's picture

I had a friend who knew he had too much to drink, so he pulled off the road, parked in a church parking lot and fell a sleep. Someone from the church thought it was unusual that on a Friday evening someone would be sleeping in a car in their church parking lot, So they called the police. The police came, woke him up, tested his blood alcohol level and cited him for being over the legal limit while in control of a motor vehicle. I guess the moral to the story is....get out of your car and fall a sleep on the asphalt. 

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Fatpants's picture

He may be ok, for now.

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

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IH8UOFM's picture

Coming from someone that was recently in a car accident at a high rate of speed and walked away with no injuries to myself or my family, I can totally understand his mindset. You appreciate every little thing shortly thereafter. You take a lot of things into perspective and are very thankful.

WhySoSerious's picture

My little cousin was just t boned. Came out ok. God is good!


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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Crimson's picture

Since he's okay . . .

Here's the video footage of the crash:

I still made the TD catch!
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Earle's picture

H/T to CajunBuckeye:

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

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HighBallAce's picture

LOL....I guess it's not really funny but one time my dad and his buddies got drunk one time when they were kids and they took my grandpa's riding lawnmower down an embankment on the railroad tracks and ended up doing something similar to Luckily no one but they were

Crimson's picture

Parallel parking can be tricky, but Devin will get it next time.

Little Asian girl is better than you.
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HighBallAce's picture

Is he wearing a Missagain shirt cause I mean that might explain

TSparky's picture

AlCohol was involved or else they would not have made the point it was ' under the legal limit '. Glad he is okay and hope lesson is learned. Would love one off season no reports like this.

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Knarcisi's picture

Crash occurred at 8:30 am. Probably had a few drinks the night before. 

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Completely agreed. In fact, I applaud Devin for staying where he was instead of driving the night before. Unfortunate that this still resulted, but it could have been much worse had he decided there was no need to wait until the following morning to drive home.


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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Wow, very scary.  I'm just glad Devin is okay.  Doesn't matter if he plays football or not you don't want to see anything bad happen to anyone like that. 

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