Celina, OH (9-11-22)  – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that deputies are investigating a fatal traffic crash.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 4:29 PM today (9-11-2022) reporting a crash at the intersection of US Rte 127 and SR 119.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Roel Villarreal (51)  Edinburg, Texas was driving a 2015 Kenworth semi Southbound on US Rte 127.  A 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by Bradley C Wendel (33) 563 South 2nd Street Coldwater was Westbound on SR 119.   Wendel failed to stop for the stop sign on SR 119 at US Rte 127 and struck the trailer of the semi.  Wendel was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Villarreal was uninjured.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by members of the Saint Henry Fire Department, Chickasaw Fire Department,  Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District and MCERV (Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers).

The crash remains under investigation.  Once completed, the report will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.