Kirk Dougal/Times Bulletin
This crash between a Ford SUV and a semi-tractor took place on Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Middle Point-Wetzel Rd. and U.S. 224. A second accident in Van Wert County on Sunday morning took the life of a Toledo man.
Ohio State Highway Patrol reports
Two accidents marred the weekend in the northeast corner of the county and one of the incidents resulted in a fatality.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Van Wert Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 12:20 a.m., Sunday, May 9, on Converse Roselm Rd. just south of Road 12, Jackson Township in Van Wert County.
A 2006 Chrysler 300 traveled southbound on Converse Roselm Rd. and entered Van Wert County from Paulding County before traveling off the right side of the road and striking a marker sign and then a ditch. The driver, Carlos Negrin II, 41, of Toledo, was pronounced dead at the scene while the passenger, Gilbert Gomez, 41, of Toledo was air lifted by Samaritan to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he is listed in stable condition.
The crash is still under investigation and alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash. A seat belt was not in use by Negrin.
On Saturday, May 8, at approximately 2:50 p.m., a two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Middle Point-Wetzel Rd. and U.S. 224.
A 1993 Ford SUV driven by Brittany Rogers, 19, of Dayton, was southbound on Middle Point-Wetzel Rd. After stopping at the posted stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 224, Rogers continued southbound and failed to yield to a westbound 2006 Freightliner semi tanker truck driven by Larry Campbell, 60, of Attica, Michigan. The tanker truck, hauling propane gas, struck the Rogers vehicle as it attempted to cross U.S. 224.
Middle Point EMS transported Rogers to the Van Wert County Hospital. Van Wert City ALS transported a passenger from the Roger's vehicle, David Szima, 22, of Dayton, to the Van Wert County Hospital as well. A third passenger in the Rogers' vehicle was treated and released at the scene.
Both the driver and passenger, Edward Byrd, 59, of Findlay, in the commercial vehicle were not injured. No haz-mat materials were released and U.S. 224 was closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours until the scene could be cleared.
Alcohol was a factor in the crash and charges are pending on the Rogers subject. Seat belts were in use at the time of the crash.
Assisting the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the scene were the Van Wert County Sheriff's Department and Middle Point Fire and EMS. The crash remains under investigation by the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.