Obituary: A US Air Force reservist was killed in a multi-car accident in Portage County – The guy killed in a weekend crash in Portage County has been identified as a United States Air Reservist. Lt. Col. John “Jacob” Predis perished in the March 27 incident on State Route 44 in Shalersville Township, according to the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station.
Predis lost control of his 2014 Toyota and crossed the center line before colliding with a 2006 Ford F-450, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators.
According to cleveland19.com, the Air Reserve, Predis, a 42-year-old Pennsylvania man assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing, was the assistant director of operations for the 758th Airlift Squadron. He also spent 19 years in the United States Air Force.
“Jacob was an important member of the flying squadron,” said Col. John Robinson, commander of the 911th Airlift Wing. “He was a devoted friend to everybody who knew him and a loving husband and father to his family. His upbeat demeanor and charismatic leadership style will be much missed.” The Ford driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The accident is still being investigated.