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Passenger in Tuesday's fatal crash ID'd

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office used dental records to indentify Benjamin Fowler, 27, of Kenton, as the passenger who died in a fiery Tuesday morning crash in Hardin County that also claimed the life of the driver.

Troopers from Findlay Post of the State Highway Patrol report that Michael Fay Jr., 35, of Kenton, was driving a stolen 1996 Chevy Silverado on private property at 19034 County Road 200, Kenton, about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, when he drove into a pasture and struck a large rock. Fay was thrown from the truck, which then caught on fire with Fowler trapped inside.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was able to identify Fay shortly after the wreck, but the condition of the body prompted the delay in positively identifying Fowler as the passenger.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office reported that the truck had been stolen from Cars Plus on Kenton’s south side shortly before the crash.

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