One killed, several injured in crashes


Staff Report



A Wauseon woman is dead following a one-vehicle crash in German Township on New Year’s Day.

The crash occurred 7:05 a.m. Friday on County Road 19, south of County Road F. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Irene Suarez, 42, of Wauseon drove off the right side of the road, where she over-corrected. The Trailblazer re-entered the roadway, crossed the centerline, and traveled off the left side of the road, where it struck a drainage culvert and overturned.

Suarez, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. She was transported to the Fulton County Health Center, where she succumbed to her injuries. Her passenger, Jose Ramirez, 42, also of Wauseon, was wearing a seatbelt, and was flown by air ambulance to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Wauseon Fire and EMS, Fulton County EMS, Mercy Life Flight, and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The crash remains under investigation at this time.

On Saturday, five people were injured in a Franklin Township crash. Driver Ashlee Johnson of Wauseon, and four children were transported to area hospitals following the one-vehicle accident.

According to the Toledo post of the OSHP, at approximately 11:14 p.m. a 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by Johnson was traveling west on US20A near County Road 25-2 when it went off of the right side of the roadway while negotiating a curve on US20A. The driver over-corrected her steering, which caused her to travel across the roadway and off the left side of the road. Her vehicle overturned and entered back into the roadway.

Johnson was transported to the Fulton County Health Center in stable condition. Two children in the vehicle were also transported to FCHC with minor injuries, and for evaluation. Two other juvenile passengers were transported to The Toledo Hospital by Life Flight, and remained in serious but stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation at this time. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County EMS, and Archbold Fire and Rescue.

The Highway Patrol reminds motorists to make sure that they are wearing their safety belts and that their children are properly secured inside of the vehicle.

Staff Report