OSHP Press Release:
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lima Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 7:22 A.M. Friday morning on Allentown Road at Wapak Road, American Township, in Allen County.
A 2004 GMC Sierra, driven by Michele A. Wassink, age 53, of Lima, Ohio, was eastbound on Allentown Road. A 1996 Honda Accord, driven by Jonathan A. Smith, age 19, of Lima, Ohio, was northbound on Wapak Road. The Honda failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by the GMC. There was a passenger in the Honda, Paul K. Rossman, age 41, of Lexington, Kentucky.
Smith was taken by American Township EMS to St. Rita’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Rossman was taken by American Township EMS to St. Rita’s Hospital and is listed in critical condition. Wassink was taken by American Township EMS to St. Rita’s Hospital where she was treated and released.
Seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash. Drugs are believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, American Township Fire and EMS, American Township Police, Allen County Coroner’s Office, Big Daddy’s Towing Inc. of Lima, as well as Minich Towing Service of Alger.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to always buckle up, and designate a driver