|One dead, three injured in US 24 crash|
|Monday, May 06, 2013 2:31 PM|
CECIL – On Sunday, May 5, Paulding County suffered its fourth traffic fatality of the year.
Dead is 72-year-old David Bakle of Paulding.
The two-vehicle crash occurred at 1:09 p.m. on U.S. 24 and Road 115 in Emerald Township. U.S. 24 was shut down in both directions for about one hour.
According to Sheriff Jason Landers, Bakle was driving a 2005 Chevy Silverado on Road 115 and failed to yield the right-of-way to a westbound 2004 Chrysler Town & Country driven by Corinne Ehrhart, 36, of Antwerp.
Bakle was ejected upon impact and was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Joseph Kuhn.
Ehrhart and her two passengers, Mallory Ehrhart, age 10, and Maclaron Ehrhart, age 4, sustained injuries. Maclaron was taken by Samaritan air ambulance to Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. Corinne and Mallory were transported by Defiance’s Promedica Ground Unit to Parkview.
On Tuesday afternoon, a Parkview spokesman said Corinne Ehrhart was listed in "serious" condition in ICU. Mallory and Maclaron were not listed in the directory.
The initial investigation shows all three occupants of the Ehrhart vehicle were properly restrained. Bakle was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash.
The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.
Also assisting at the scene were Paulding Fire and EMS and Defiance and Van Wert posts of Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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