Alcohol use is suspected in a two-vehicle collision Saturday that left one person in critical condition and another in serious condition.
Austin Lloyd, 17, of Harrod, was driving south in a 1992 Nissan Sentra on Lawrence Road, east of the town of Harrod at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the Alger Road intersection and drove into the path of a vehicle driven by Carol Stiles, 46, of Waynesfield. Stiles was driving west in a 1997 Plymouth Neon.
Stiles’ vehicle struck Lloyd’s vehicle broadside and both vehicles went off onto the south side of Alger Road and came to rest in a
Stiles was trapped inside of the car and was pulled out by her son, Darren Stiles, 18, who was also a passenger in her vehicle.
Darren Stiles then aided two
passengers, Ryan Kimble, 17, and Cole Basham, 16, both of Harrod, from Lloyd’s vehicle.
Harrod firefighters extricated Lloyd from his vehicle using the Jaws of Life.
Stiles’ Neon became engulfed in flames and was extinguished by the members of the Harrod and Lafayette fire departments.
The two passengers in Lloyd’s vehicle were transported to a house on Cool Road by an unidentified motorist. All five occupants were later transferred to Lima Memorial Health Systems with head trauma and back injuries.
Cindy Shumaker, a patient logistics coordinator at the hospital, said that Lloyd remained in critical condition this morning.
Carol Stiles was listed as being in serious condition.
Kimble, Basham and Darren Stiles were all listed as being in fair condition.
A news release from the Lima Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol said that the accident remains under investigation and that alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.
The report stated that seatbelts were in use by the occupants in the Stiles’ vehicle.
In a separate collision, a 3-year-old Minster girl was killed in a collision Saturday morning and a motorist is being held on criminal charges.
In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said deputies responded to the scene of a two-vehicle collision at 11:24 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Ohio 119 and U.S. 127 in Granville Township.
The investigation determined Jinghao Xu, 50, of Hamilton, was traveling west on Ohio 119 in a 2006 Chevrolet Express Van. Xu reportedly stopped at the stop sign, then entered the intersection. Upon entering the intersection, the van was struck by a 2002 Chevrolet Prism driven by Hillary Hartings, 22, 1489 Voskuhl Road, Maria Stein, which was traveling north.
After the impact, Xu’s van came to rest in the middle of the intersection facing northeast and Harting’s Prism traveled across the lawn of Moeller Doors Sales before coming to rest in the parking lot facing northwest.
Conner Bruns, 6, of Amsterdam Road, Minster, was in the front passenger seat of the Prism and Keaton Bruns, 9, same address, was in the rear passenger seat.
Both were transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater, then transferred to Children’s Hospital.
Aubrey L. Bruns, 3, also of Amsterdam Road, Minster, was seated in the rear seat on the driver’s side. Aubrey was transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Hartings and Xu were treated and released at Mercer Health.
Xu is being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond and is expected to face charges of aggravated vehicular homicide.
“At this point, we are checking his immigration status as he stated he was not a United States citizen and it appears that his driver’s license had been cancelled by the state of Illinois,” Grey said in the news release. “Deputies worked through an interpreter as Xu speaks Korean and very little English.”
The crash is still under investigation. Deputies were assisted at the scene by St. Henry Fire Department and MCERV. Two EMS squads from Coldwater and two EMS squads from St. Henry transported the injured.
Teen seriously injured in crash
By KAREN CAMPBELL
Assistant Managing Editor
A St. Marys Memorial High School junior suffered serious injuries after a single-vehicle crash this weekend.
Taylor Baldauf, 16, 237 S. Main St., St. Marys, was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital after the crash at 2:05 a.m. Sunday near mile marker 9 on U.S. 33 in Moulton Township.
According to a trooper’s report from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Baldauf was driving a 1997 Chevy Malibu west on U.S. 33 when she drove off the left side of the road and struck the median. The car overturned and came to rest on its top.
Baldauf was wearing a seatbelt and had to be extracted from the vehicle by mechanical means.
She remains in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital, in Dayton, according to a hospital spokesman.
The car sustained severe damage.
Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State HIghway Patrol Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said the crash remains under investigation with no more information available at this time.
Baldauf’s speed was not listed. She was driving in an area posted with a 65 mph speed limit.
No citations have been issued and it is unknown what caused the crash, Wapakoneta post Sgt. Brian Jordan said.