(3/14/2022) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach released that his Office is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Emerson Road in Pleasant Township. At 12:31 pm, on Saturday, March 12, his Office received a 9-1-1 call about a motor vehicle that crashed into a woods near the 9000 block of Emerson Road.

A 2005 Honda Civic, driven by Edward Menkhaus of Okeana, Ohio (located northwest of Cincinnati), was involved in the crash.

Based on evidence at the scene, the crash appeared to have happened when the vehicle being driven westbound on Emerson Road by Menkhaus went off the right side of the roadway into a wooded area and struck several trees. The vehicle came to rest in the wooded area located on the north side of Emerson Road. The Honda Civic sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene by Hague Towing.

Menkhaus, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office and was transported to Van Wert Health.

Assisting at the scene were Ohio City Fire and EMS, Van Wert Fire, and the Van Wert CERT.

The crash remains under investigation.