(6-14-22) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced that deputies are investigating a 2 vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday June 14th. A 911 call was received at 3:07pm advising of a crash on US 30 East of Dutch John Road.

A 2004 Dodge Neon, driven by Carey A. Waltz (54) of Van Wert and a 2015 Ford Truck, driven by Mark Perisot, of Cecil, Ohio, were involved in the crash.

Based on evidence at the scene, the crash appeared to have happened when the vehicle being driven by Waltz left the west bound lanes of US 30 crossing through the median and struck the front of the vehicle being driven by Perisot. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed by the Sheriff’s Office.

Waltz was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office. Perisot, suffered no apparent injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were Van Wert Fire and EMS, Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Van Wert County Coroner’s Office, Van Wert County EMA, Van Wert ODOT, Hague Towing, and Superior Collison.