(10-19-21) On October 18, 2021 at 0820 the Hardin County Central Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call of an injury accident in the 16000 block of State Route 117 in Roundhead Township.

Deputies arrived on scene and determined that there were two vehicles involved in the crash. The Multi County Crash Team was called to assist in the crash investigation.

The vehicles involved were a 2007 Honda and a 2018 Ford Van. During the investigation, it was determined that the 2007 Honda was traveling Northwest on State Route 117 and the 2018 Ford van was traveling Southeast. The Honda went left of center and struck the Ford head on. The driver of the Honda, a 25 year old male from Columbus, Ohio, was pronounced deceased on the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the Ford was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital with suspected minor injuries, by Upper Scioto Valley EMS.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Roundhead Fire, ODOT, Route 31 Towing, Hardin County Coroner’s Office, and Osborn’s Towing.

In a separate incident, on October 18, 2021 at 618pm a Deputy from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on State Route 235 near Township Road 140, in Roundhead Township. The vehicle was traveling South at a high rate of speed and went left of center. When the Deputy activated the emergency lights and siren, the suspect vehicle, a 2017 Honda, failed to stop. The Deputy could see that there were two suspects in the vehicle. The vehicle continued to drive at high rates of speed, and recklessly, on both State Routes and County Road. Due to the risk of harm to the public, Deputies executed a pursuit termination technique (PIT maneuver), near the intersection of County Road 75 and County Road 110. The maneuver was successful, and the vehicle was stopped at 627pm.

The driver of the vehicle, Andrea Stephens of Logan County, was taken into custody for no operator’s license, felony failure to comply with the order or signal of a Police Officer, vandalism, possession of drugs, as well as numerous other traffic violations. Ms. Stephens was checked by USV EMS at the scene and refused medical transport. She was taken to the Multi County Jail to await arraignment.

The passenger in the vehicle, Shawn Stevens of Logan County, Ohio, was taken into custody for an unrelated warrant. Mr. Stevens was transported by USV EMS to Hardin Memorial Hospital for suspected minor injuries and was later transported to the Multi County Jail.