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Zach Oboy (wearing a hat) is pictured with his sister and parents.
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A recent graduate of Carrollton High School is in critical condition after a crash that occurred on November 18 at 9:03 p.m. on Arrow Road in Harrison Township within Carroll County. The incident is currently under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).

The crash involved a 2015 Polaris Rzr, driven by 22-year-old Griffen Bagozzi of Carrollton. According to Sergeant Bill Bower of OSHP, Bagozzi failed to negotiate a curve, veering left of center. The off-road vehicle struck an embankment, causing it to overturn.

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Of the five people riding in the Polaris Rzr, two passengers sustained injuries. One of them, 21-year-old Zach Oboy of Bowerstown, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. Oboy, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, is currently in a medically induced coma.

“He is still in the medically induced coma and on a ventilator while we wait for the swelling of his brain to go down,” said Vicky Oboy, Zach’s mother. “Once we can bring him out of the sedation, we will be able to see where we go next.”

Vicky added that Zach’s been running a slight fever that doctor’s are trying to determine the cause of, but lately his vitals have been running stable.

“It is a parent’s worst nightmare,” she said. “Please keep the prayers coming, we do believe they are working.”

Another passenger, a 19-year-old woman from Akron, was transported to Summa Health Center for minor injuries. The two other passengers were not injured.

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Bagozzi was arrested by troopers on the night of the accident after a breathalyzer recorded a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .137. According to Sergeant Bower, unsafe speeds also contributed to the crash. Bagozzi was held in the Carroll County Jail from the night of the November 18 crash until his release on the morning of November 29.

Charges for Felonious Assault, Driving Under the Influence, and Failure to Control are currently pending in Carroll County courts against Bagozzi, records show.

During what was initially scheduled to be a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, November. 28, Judge John Campbell announced that both attorneys had agreed to the terms of an “own recognizance” release for Bagozzi, waiving the preliminary hearing. As part of his release conditions, Bagozzi was transported to New Philadelphia on the morning of November 29 to be fitted with a continuous alcohol monitor. He is under house arrest and prohibited from leaving his residence, with strict orders not to have any contact with the families of those involved in the accident.

The community continues to offer support and prayers for Zach as he remains in the hospital, with his family anxiously awaiting signs of improvement.

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