TULLY TOWNSHIP – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a double fatal crash that occurred at approximately 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Dec. 24, 2019, on U.S. 30 westbound at State Route 49 North in Van Wert County.

Unit 1, a 2019 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Brandon J. Lee, age 44, of Lima, Ohio, was southbound on State Route 49. Unit 2, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, driven by Nadia K. Truman, age 32, of Parma Heights, Ohio, was westbound on U.S. 30. Mr. Lee slid beyond the stop sign and came to a stop in the driving lane of westbound U.S. 30. Truman’s vehicle struck Lee’s vehicle. Lee’s vehicle came to final rest on the north shoulder of U.S. 30. Truman’s vehicle came to final rest in the passing lane of westbound U.S. 30.

Mary A. Lee, age 56, also of Lima, Ohio, was a rear-seat passenger in the Lee vehicle. Both she and Brandon Lee were pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner, Dr. Norman D. Means. An additional passenger of the Lee vehicle was transported by Van Wert EMS to Parkview Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Nadia Truman was transported by Convoy to Parkview Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The crash resulted in a closure of U.S. 30 westbound at State Route 49 North during the crash investigation and scene clean up. The roadway has since been reopened.

The Van Wert Post was assisted on scene by Convoy Volunteer Fire Department and EMS personnel, Van Wert Fire and EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation – Van Wert Facility, Van Wert County Sheriffs Office, and Hague Towing.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always where their seat belts and never drive distracted or impaired.