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1 killed in Paulding County crash on US 24 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, May 30, 2014 7:53 AM

UPDATE: Janice Lipp succumbed to her injuries on Friday, July 11, 2014.


CECIL – A Paulding man was killed and two people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 24 on Thursday afternoon.

Dead is Karl Werling, 95.

According to the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at approximately 2:12 p.m. May 29 on U.S. 24 at the intersection of County Road 143 in Emerald Township.

A 2013 Dodge Ram 3500, driven by Harvey Bok, age 66, Defiance, was traveling southbound on County Road 143. A 2010 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Gary Lipp, age 66, Paulding, was eastbound on 24.

Troopers said Bok failed to yield the right of way while crossing 24 and pulled into the path of Lipp’s vehicle, at which time Bok’s pickup was struck on the right side.

Both vehicles continued to the south side of U.S. 24 before coming to final rest.

Lipp sustained serious injuries as a result of the traffic crash and was transported by Samaritan to Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Lipp’s front seat passenger, Janice Lipp, age 67, sustained critical injuries as a result of the traffic crash and was transported by Samaritan to Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Werling, a left rear passenger, sustained fatal injuries.

On Friday morning, Parkview reported that Janice Lipp was in critical condition and Gary Lipp was in serious condition.

Bok refused medical treatment at the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding Fire and EMS, Paulding County Prosecutor’s Office, Paulding County Coroner’s Office, Parkview Samaritan Medical Transport, Gideon Wrecker Service, Ohio Department of Transportation, Defiance Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit, and Ohio State Highway Patrol Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.

The crash remains under investigation.

This was the second serious crash at this intersection in less than two weeks. On May 18, three people were injured when a southbound pickup truck collided with an eastbound pickup.