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OSP blames faulty brakes for Campbell crash that killed father and son

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is blaming faulty brakes on a Jeep Wrangler for a crash that claimed the lives of a Campbell father and son last week.

Paul “Mike” Pickett, 41, and his 11-year-old son Marcus were killed when the Jeep they were in crashed Thursday morning at Sixth Street and Wilson Avenue in Campbell. Marcus Pickett was a student in the Lowellville school system.

A 12-year-old daughter, Leena Picket, was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers say Pickett's Jeep traveled off Sixth Street hit an embankment, went airborne, and rolled side over side.

The patrol says Pickett was unable to control the Jeep because the vehicle's braking system was in complete disrepair.

Three of the four brake assemblies were completely ineffective due to worn or non-existent brake pads.

The only brake assembly that was remotely effective had approximately 1% of the brake pad left.

Lieutenant Brad Bucey, Canfield Post Commander, said, “This tragedy could have been easily avoided had the brakes been maintained according to manufacturer specifications.” 

Lieutenant Bucey reminds motorists to be cognizant of the maintenance needs of their vehicles.

"It's better to err on the side of caution," said Store Manager of Flynn's Tire in Austintown, Randy McConnell.

McConnell said their team often times will courtesy-check brakes when rotating a car's tires and they recommend that is done every 5-thousand to 6-thousand miles.

"Squeaking, grinding that high pitched squeal, if you get a little bit of brake pulsation, like the pedal vibrating, those are all kind of normal signs that your brakes are wearing," said McConnell.

You can also take note of your parking brake.

"They don't like the term 'emergency brake.' They like the term 'parking brake' because they don't want people to think I can pull this in an emergency, but by all means the parking brake would be something," said McConnell. "It would at least slow you down, it might not completely stop you, but it would at least be better than nothing."

Car repairs can be expensive, but McConnell said if there are two items in his mind not worth the risk they're brakes and tires.

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