Union Township (9-28-20) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 8:30 P.M. on Sunday evening, September 27, 2020, on US 30 just west of Convoy Road in Van Wert County.
Unit 1 (A follow-up release will be sent with the information for the driver of unit 1 once next of kin can be made.) a 2018 Honda Fit, was eastbound in the westbound lanes of US 30. Unit 1 struck Unit 2, a westbound 2006 Chevrolet Impala, which was operated by Luke Schimmoeller (25) of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Both vehicles came to final rest in the median.
The driver of Unit 1 was pronounced dead on scene by Dr. Scott Jarvis, Van Wert County coroner. Both Schimmoeller, and his passenger, Amy Schimmoeller were transported to St. Ritas Hosptial in Lima, Ohio for serious injuries.
The Van Wert Post was assisted on scene by Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Van Wert Fire and EMS, Van Wert Ohio Department of Transportation, Scott Fire Department and EMS personnel, Lutheran Air, and Hague Towing and Recovery.
The crash resulted in a closure of the westbound lanes of US 30 near Convoy Road.
The roadway has since been reopened.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always where their seat belts and never drive distracted or impaired.