Van Wert Crash

(9-20-17) The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a three vehicle fatal crash that occurred on US 30 west of Richey Road in Van Wert County.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. a 2018 International semi driven by David Knight, age 45, of Industry, Pennsylvania was traveling westbound on US 30 and slowed for traffic in the construction zone.

A 2007 Toyota sedan driven by Bert Helsel, age 63, of Minster, Ohio was traveling westbound on US 30 directly behind Mr. Knight’s semi and also began to slow for traffic.

The third vehicle, a 2017 Freightliner semi driven by Vasilevich Dzmitry, age 33, of Hallandale, Florida was traveling westbound directly behind Mr. Helsel’s vehicle. Mr. Dzmitry failed to maintain assured clear distance ahead striking Mr. Helsel’s vehicle in the rear. Mr. Helsel’s vehicle was then pushed it into the rear of Mr. Knight’s vehicle.

Mr. Helsel sustained fatal injuries as a result of the traffic crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office. Mr. Knight and Mr. Dzmitry were not injured in the traffic crash.

The Van Wert Post was assisted on scene by Convoy Fire and EMS, Van Wert Fire and EMS, Scott EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, The Shelly Company, Hague Towing, Delpha Chevrolet, and Parker Towing and Recovery.

The westbound lanes of US 30 were temporarily closed but have since been reopened.