A pair of fatal crashes were reported Friday and Saturday in northwest Ohio.
In Paulding County, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that at 1:18 p.m. Friday, Karenann Winters, 76, of Grover Hill, was driving westbound on Township Road 48, in Blue Creek Township.
She stopped her 2017 Chevrolet Malibu for the posted sign at U.S. 127 and then entered the intersection where her vehicle was struck by a southbound 1994 Dodge Dakota driven by John A. Vibbert, 21, of Van Wert. Both vehicles came to rest off the southwest corner of the intersection.
Winters was transported by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she succumbed to her injuries sustained in the crash.
Vibbert was treated at the scene. Two passengers in his vehicle were transported to Van Wert Health for non-life-threatening injuries.
U.S. 127 was closed for about an hour as authorities investigated and cleared the scene.
Then, at about 3:56 a.m. Saturday, troopers with the Lima Post of the OSHP and Putnam County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Ohio 109, just north of Road X, in Liberty Township, Putnam County.
Investigators determined that a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Landon M. Bailey, 16, of Ottawa, was traveling south on Ohio 109 when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway.
The vehicle then re-entered the roadway, crossed the road and went off the left side. It overturned several times, ejecting the front-seat passenger before coming to final rest on its top.
Bailey was transported to Ottawa Ambulatory Mercy Health with non-life-threatening injuries. The front-seat passenger, Jagguare M. Rich, 18, of Ottawa, was also transported to Ottawa Ambulatory Mercy Health and was pronounced dead by Putnam County Coroner Jennifer Maag.
Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the Putnam County crash.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists to always wear a properly adjusted seatbelt, designate a sober driver and never drive impaired,” the patrol said in separate news releases about the crashes.