A Van Wert man is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle on State Route 196, just north of the Allen-Auglaize County line.
According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 34 year old Eric N. Gutierrez exited his vehicle as it was parked on the side road and was struck by a northbound van being driven by 66 year old Raymond L. Fowler Jr., of Waynesfield.
Gutierrez was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital with critical injuries.
The driver of the van, Raymond Fowler, did not report any injury and was reportedly wearing a seat belt.
Assisting troopers on scene were personnel with the Westminster Fire and EMS, and Kenny’s Auto Wrecking.
The crash remains under investigation.