The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported an overall reduction in traffic fatalities throughout the state over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend but in Williams County, three people were arrested and charged with OVI after three accidents and charges against a fourth are still pending.
The OSHP reported nine traffic fatalities in the state from midnight Wednesday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, a 50% reduction from last year. In 2019 there were 15 fatal accidents with 18 people killed. Of the nine deaths reported this year two were pedestrians, four were not wearing a seat belt and two involved impaired driving.
Troopers arrested 298 people for allegedly operating a vehicle while impaired and 193 on drug-related charges. They also issued 944 citations for safety belt violations and another 146 for distracted driving violations.
In Williams County, troopers responded to three accidents involving allegedly intoxicated drivers:
At 7:23 p.m. Friday, Heidi E. Smith, 51, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Jonathan W. Rediger, 18, of Montpelier, were driving south on County Road 10. When Rediger stopped for a stop sign at Ohio 107, Smith’s 2017 Kia Sorento struck the rear of his 2008 Ford F-150. Smith’s Kia struck the pickup a second time as she fled the scene, sustaining disabling damage. She was arrested and charged with OVI, assured clear distance ahead and hit/skip. She was taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. The pickup sustained non-disabling damage and no injuries were reported.
At 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Kaitlyn A. Allwood, 20, of Delta, was driving southeast on County Road O when her 2004 Buick LeSabre traveled off the right side of the roadway 0.4 mile west of County Road 15 and struck a utility pole, sustaining disabling damage. She was transported by Williams County EMS to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Montpelier where she was treated and released. She was arrested and charged with OVI and failure to control, then taken to CCNO.
Bryan Municipal Court records show that Katina M. Sanders, 45, of Montpelier, was also arrested Monday morning and charged with OVI, driving under suspension and assured clear distance ahead after a hit/skip accident in Jefferson Township. No other information has been released.
The fourth driver has yet to be identified while the incident remains under investigation.