Grove City man passes away after Licking County crash

LICKING COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — Troopers are investigating after a fatal crash Tuesday night in Licking County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 11:56pm, Tuesday, Joshua T. Finkel, 31, of Grove City, was driving a 2002 Acura TL southbound on York Road when he drove off the roadway and struck the guardrail.

Finkel continued driving off the embankment where he became airborne and struck a concrete wall before becoming submerged in the creek under York Road. Firefighters rescued him from the water.

Finkel was first transported to Licking Memorial Hospital but later was taken to Grant Medical Center in life-threatening condition. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Finkel later passed away from his injuries.

Troopers continue to investigate but say alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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