Pioneer Area Crash Kills Montpelier Man During Friday Night Icy Road Conditions

fatal_accident_400webBy: Forrest R. Church

Village of Pioneer – The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a two vehicle crash at approximately 8:29 PM on US Highway 20, one half mile west of County Road 15 in Madison Township, Williams County, near the village of Pioneer.  A 2000 Ford Explorer, driven by 87 year old Lavon Joice of Montpelier, was eastbound on US20 and lost control of his vehicle, and ended up going left of center into the westbound lane striking a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500, which was being driven westbound by 49 year old Roger Cordray of  Toledo.

Lavon Joice was pronounced dead at the scene by the Williams County Coroner, and Roger Cordray was transported to Montpelier Hospital. Both drivers were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash. The Highway Patrol was assisted by Williams County Sheriff’s Office, Williams County EMS, Williams County ODOT, Pioneer Police Department, and Pioneer and Kunkle Fire Departments.

Alerts went out around 9 p.m. that a Level I travel advisory was issued for Williams County as a heavy snow band was creating white out conditions and black ice, especially in the northern half of the county as several accidents were reported in the area.

The crash remains under investigation.

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