Defiance – On April 3, 2018 at approximately 7:51 A.M. a commercial tractor-trailer being driven by Dorian McDaniel, age 37, of Cleveland, Ohio, was driving southbound on State Route 15 just north of US 24 when he suffered a suspected medical issue. The tractor-trailer drifted left of center where it struck a northbound Pontiac Vibe driven by Susan Kearney, age 61 of Napoleon.
Ms. Kearney was transported to Defiance Mercy Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.
Mr. McDaniel was transported to Defiance Regional Hospital where he later succumbed to his suspected medical issue.
Both drivers were wearing their safety belts at the time of the crash.
Assisting the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the scene were the Defiance County Sheriff Office, Defiance Fire and EMS, Noble Township Fire Department, and John’s Towing and Repair. The Defiance County Coroner, Dr. William Reeves will be investigating the exact cause of Mr. McDaniel’s medical condition.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always where their seat belts, to never drive distracted or impaired, and to reduce speed during inclement weather.
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