A three-vehicle crash in Van Wert County leaves one person dead.

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According to the Van Wert County Sheriff's Offices, the accident happened on U.S. 224 just east of Kings Church Road around 7:30 Friday morning. 21-year-old Ronald Schumm of Willshire was heading west on 224, when he went left of center sideswiping an SUV and then drove head-on into a pickup truck driven by 56-year-old Steven Moshier of Wellston, Ohio. The collision killed Mosher and injured a passenger in his pickup. Schumm was taking to Van Wert Health with minor injuries.

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Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.

Press Release from Van Wert County Sheriff

Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced his Office is investigating a fatal crash. Sheriff Riggenbach released that on Friday August 2nd at 0728 hours his Office received a 9-1-1 call advising of a vehicle crash on U.S. Rt. 224 east of Kings Church Road. Upon deputy’s arrival at the scene, it was determined this was a 3 vehicle crash.

A 2011 GMC Sierra, driven by Jason A. Peters, age 45 of Auburn, Indiana, a 2017 Dodge 1500, driven by Steven A. Moshier, age 56, of Wellston, Ohio, and a 2008 Ford F-150, driven by Ronald F. Schumm age 21 of Willshire, Ohio, were involved in the crash.

Based on evidence at the scene, the crash appeared to have happened when the vehicle being driven west bound on U.S. Rt. 224 by Ronald F. Schumm went left of center, first striking the driver side of the vehicle being driven east bound on U.S. Rt. 224 by Jason A. Peters, and then striking the driver front of the vehicle being driven eastbound by Steven A. Moshier. The GMC Sierra stopped on the north side of U.S. Rt. 224 in the grass and was driven away from the scene by the owner. The Dodge 1500 came to rest in the yard of a residence on the south side of U.S. Rt. 224. The Ford F-150 came to rest along the north side of the road on U.S. Rt. 224. Both the Dodge 1500 and F-150 sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.

The driver of the Dodge 1500, Steven A. Moshier, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Mr. Moshier was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office and was transported to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy to be performed. A passenger in the Dodge 1500 was transported to Van Wert Health by Van Wert EMS with suspected minor injuries. The driver of the F-150 was transported to Van Wert Health by Ohio City EMS with suspected minor injuries.

All three drivers and the passenger were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. Sheriff Riggenbach stated the investigation into the crash is continuing

Assisting at the scene were Wren Fire and EMS, Willshire Fire Dept., Ohio City Fire and EMS, Van Wert EMS, Van Wert County EMA, Van Wert ODOT and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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