(July 18, 2017) -Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred today (July 18th, 2017) at 8:17 AM. Grey reports that his office received numerous 911 calls at this time, reporting that there was a multi vehicle accident at the intersection of St Rte. 29 and St Rte. 118 North.
The investigation found that a 2008 Kia being driven by 27 year old Lisa Rinderle of St. Henry, Ohio was North bound on Burkettsville – St. Henry Road. Rinderle stopped for the stop sign at St Rte. 29. Rinderle failed to yield the right of way and proceeded into the intersection and collided with a West bound 2001 Freightliner being driven by 57 year old Charles W Ward of St. Mary’s, Ohio. Ward’s semi overturned and slid broad side down the roadway, where he was struck again by an East bound 2018 Volvo being driven by 37 year old Terry A Green II of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Grey reported that both Rinderle and Ward were transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater, where Ward was pronounced deceased from his injuries. Rinderle is currently being treated at Mercer Health at the time of this release. Green was treated and released at the scene.
Grey stated that his office was assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire and EMS, Mercer County EMS, Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers (MCERV), Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Mercer County Emergency Management (EMA) and the State Motor Vehicle Inspector.
Grey called the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team to the scene for the investigation.
At this time this crash remains under investigation. Grey stated that once the crash is completed, his office will have this case reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for possible charges.
Grey stated that this marks the third fatal crash in Mercer County this year.