(8-2-19) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced his Office is investigating a fatal crash. Early this morning at  7:28 am  a 9-1-1 call came in advising of a vehicle crash on U.S. Rt. 224 east of Kings Church Road. Upon deputy’s arrival at the scene, it was determined this was a 3 vehicle crash.

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(8-2-19) A 2011 GMC Sierra, driven by Jason A. Peters, (45) of Auburn, Indiana, a 2017 Dodge 1500, driven by Steven A. Moshier (56) of Wellston, Ohio, and a 2008 Ford F-150, driven by Ronald F. Schumm (21) of Willshire, Ohio, were involved in the crash.

Based on evidence at the scene, the crash appeared to have happened when the vehicle being driven west bound on U.S. Rt. 224 by Schumm went left of center, first striking the driver side of the vehicle being driven east bound on U.S. Rt. 224 by Peters, and then striking the driver in front of the vehicle being driven eastbound by Moshier. The GMC Sierra stopped on the north side of U.S. Rt. 224 in the grass and was driven away from the scene by the owner. The Dodge 1500 came to rest in the yard of a residence on the south side of U.S. Rt. 224. The Ford F-150 came to rest along the north side of the road on U.S. Rt. 224. Both the Dodge 1500 and F-150 sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.

The driver of the Dodge 1500, Moshier, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office and was transported to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy to be performed. A passenger in the Dodge 1500 was transported to Van Wert Health by Van Wert EMS with suspected minor injuries. The driver of the F-150 was transported to Van Wert Health by Ohio City EMS with suspected minor injuries.All three drivers and the passenger were wearing seat belts. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. Riggenbach stated the investigation into the crash is continuing

Assisting at the scene were Wren Fire and EMS, Willshire Fire Dept., Ohio City Fire and EMS, Van Wert EMS, Van Wert County EMA, Van Wert ODOT and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.