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Several crashes caused by icy conditions in Wapakoneta

January 4, 2012

Wapakoneta police officers responded early Monday morning to several crashes caused by icy roads from a New Year’s Day light snow.

Katlinn Cox, 21, 612 Perry St., was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control after she failed to negotiate a curve on Industrial Drive due to icy conditions and slid the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving into a 1998 General Motors Sonoma driven by Robin Wheaton, 57, of 217 N. Rauthland Ave., according to an officer’s report from the Wapakoneta Police Department.

Cox was traveling east making the curve to travel south on Industrial Drive at the time of the collision with Wheaton, who was driving north on Industrial Drive.

Both vehicles sustained functional damage.

No injuries were reported and both motorists were wearing seatbelts.

Wheaton was driving 20 mph and Cox 24 mph in a 25 mph zone at the time of the collision.

In other accidents, Jerry Steinke, 63, 514 S. Wentz St., Wapakoneta, was driving a 2008 Dodge Charger and stopped in an exit of Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, waiting on traffic so he could pull out at 10:40 a.m. Monday when Leneea Segovia, 28, 610 Bellefontaine St., was headed north in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am on Eastown Drive and made a right turn into Lowe’s lot.

According to the police officer’s report, Segovia slid on the icy roadway and struck Steinke’s car.

Both vehicles sustained non-functional damage.

Neither motorist nor three passengers in the vehicles were injured.

While Segovia was at fault for failure to control, she was not cited because it was a private property collision.

A parked 2004 Hyundai Sonata was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet driven by John Finkenbine, 45, 319 Stinebaugh Drive, Wapakoneta, which had turned onto Bellefontaine Street from South Water Street at 8:50 a.m. Monday.

According to the police officer’s report, Finkenbine failed to negotiate the turn on the icy roadway and sideswiped the Sonata owned by Elizabeth Holsapple, of the Bellefontaine Street address. The Sonata was parked facing east at the time of the crash.

Both vehicles sustained non-functional damage.

No injuries were reported.

Finkenbine was driving 20 mph in  25 mph zone at the time of the crash.

He was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

Ann Brotherwood, 52, 1620 1/2 Knoxville Ave., St. Marys, was stopped facing east at the stop sign on North Street at Wood Street when she attempted to make a left turn onto Wood Street at 7:35 a.m. Monday.

According to the police officer’s report, as she negotiated the turn in her 2003 Jeep, it slid sideways into a guardrail on the east side of the road.

Both rims on the right side of the vehicle were damaged with scuffing on the right side.

Road conditions were described as snowy and icy at the time of the crash.

Neither Brotherwood nor a passenger, Janessa Sawmiller, 13, of St. Marys, were injured in the crash.

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