A West Unity couple was killed in a crash in Van Wert County on Thursday afternoon.
75-year-old Roger Schilt was pronounced dead at the scene and 74-year-old Catherine Schilt died later at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Van Wert troopers say Roger was driving a motor-home north on U.S. 127, north of State Route 81 when it drifted left of center. Schilt then went off the highway and down into a ditch, striking a culvert. The highway had to be shut down Thursday afternoon.
The crash remains under investigation.
Media Release from Van Wert Post OHSP - 10/10/2019
Liberty Township – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 2:40 P.M. on Thursday afternoon, October 10, 2019, on US 127 just north of SR 81 in Van Wert County.
A 2006 motorhome, operated by Roger D. Schilt, age 75, of West Unity, Ohio, was northbound on US 127. Mr. Schilt drifted left of center, continued off of the left side of the road, struck a ditch and came to final rest after striking a concrete culvert.
Mr. Schilt was pronounced dead on scene. A passenger, Catherine L. Schilt, age 74, also of West Unity, Ohio, was transported by Van Wert Fire/EMS to Van Wert Health. Mrs. Schilt was transported via Samaritan to Parkview Regional Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The crash resulted in a closure of US 127 just north of SR 81 during the crash investigation and scene clean up. The roadway has since been reopened.
The Van Wert Post was assisted on scene by Ohio City Volunteer Fire Department and EMS personnel, Van Wert Fire and EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation – Van Wert Facility, Van Wert County Sheriffs Office, and Hague Towing.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always where their seat belts and never drive distracted or impaired.