The Defiance post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a fatal crash that occurred Wednesday on Defiance-Paulding County Line Road, east of Coffin Road in Delaware Township, Defiance County.

OSHP received a call at 9:31 a.m. about a vehicle in a ditch with an unresponsive driver.

A 2006 Ford Explorer, driven by Stephanie Hull, 42, of Paulding, was eastbound on Defiance-Paulding County Line Road, when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and became air borne, according to a news release from the post. The vehicle then struck several trees before coming to a rest on the Maumee River bank.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the Delaware Township EMS.

Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware Township Fire/EMS Department and the Defiance County Coroner’s Office. The crash currently remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always wear their safety belts and never to drive distracted or impaired.

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