In a tragic incident that unfolded early Monday, Preble County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Hamilton, 34, was killed in a head-on collision. The driver of the other vehicle, Michael Gayhart II, was also pronounced dead at the scene.
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Deputy Hamilton was on road patrol duty, heading southbound in a marked cruiser when the fatal accident occurred. Despite being rushed to Kettering Preble ER in Eaton, he succumbed to his injuries.
Hamilton, was the resident of Eldorado & was known for his dedication to serving the community. His untimely demise has left the Preble County Sheriff’s Office and the entire community in mourning.
The second victim, Michael Gayhart II, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The circumstances leading up to this devastating accident are still under investigation.
This tragic incident has sent shockwaves through the community, with residents mourning the loss of a dedicated deputy and a fellow citizen.
Sheriff Deputies of Ohio Facebook Official Page Shared a Tribute on Social Media by writing:
We are absolutely heartbroken for the Preble County Sheriff’s Office Ohio and most importantly, the family of Deputy Joshua Hamilton.
The sheriff’s office says he was killed while on duty in a head-on crash early this morning…. What especially hits hard about this is he has a 10-year-old daughter… We cannot begin to imagine his family’s grief.
Please keep Deputy Hamilton’s family, the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, and all those who knew him in your thoughts and prayers.
As we report this heartbreaking news, our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the families, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Joshua Hamilton and Michael Gayhart II during this incredibly difficult time.
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