1 dead, 2 hurt when 3 pickups crash on US 224; alcohol suspected


VAN WERT, Ohio (WANE) — A south-central Ohio man was killed and two others were hurt in a crash on U.S. 224 in Van Wert County, Ohio, early Friday that was likely the result of drunken driving, according to police.

A truck was left badly damaged after a crash along U.S. 224 in Van Wert County, Ohio, on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Rick McCoy)

Police and medics were called just before 8 a.m. to U.S. 224 and Kings Church Road, between Decatur and Van Wert just east of the Indiana-Ohio line.

According to a report from the Van Wert Sheriff’s Office, a 2008 Ford F-150 driven by 21-year-old Ronald F. Schumm of Willshire, Ohio, went left of center and first hit a 2011 GMC Sierra then a 2017 Dodge 1500 on its driver’s side.

The Dodge came to rest in the lawn of a home on the south side of U.S. 224, while the Ford came to rest along the north side of the road on U.S. 224.

The driver of the Dodge – Steven A. Moshier, age 56, of Wellston, Ohio – was killed in the crash. Schumm and the driver of the GMC – Jason A. Peters, 45, of Auburn – suffered minor injuries.

The sheriff’s office said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash. It’s not clear if any arrests were made.

U.S. 224 was closed to traffic at S.R. 101.

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