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(9-22-19) Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a car vs. pedestrian fatal traffic crash on Fort Recovery Minster Road east of State Route 716 in Maria Stein.   On September 21, 2019 at 04:16 AM Central Dispatch received calls of the crash.

The investigation revealed that Adam Franck (20) (8402 Rutschilling Road, Maria Stein) for an unknown reason was lying near the south edge of Fort Recovery-Minster Road, and was struck by by an east bound vehicle (2002 Ford E-150 Van), driven by John Hilgeford (52) of 1752 Cassella-Montezuma Road, Maria Stein and dragged down the road. Franck was pronounced dead at the scene .

Deputies were assisted on scene by the Osgood Fire Department, and a rescue squad from St. Henry.

The crash remains under investigation.