Widow of doctor killed in 2006 crash may have buyer for home


First Posted: 11/20/2014

LIMA — The widow of a doctor killed during a fiery crash with a tanker truck in 2006 may finally have a buyer for the home she was building with her husband for their eight children.

There’s a problem, however. The potential sale is tied up in a legal battle.

Earlier this month, an Auglaize County judge granted a motion to move the lawsuit to Allen County. Cynthia Heider wants the court to order the release of the mortgage on the property at 3072 W. Hume Road, according to court records.

Heider said she found a buyer from Allen County a year ago but the Citizens National Bank of Bluffton has not released the mortgage and has not responded to her requests to do so, according to records.

Citizens National also has two mortgages on her residence in Cridersville where she lives with her children. The first mortgage is not in default. The second mortgage was taken out to secure a construction loan to build the Hume Road property and, according to the motion, was to be released when the Hume Road property was finished.

Dr. Matthew Heider was killed Nov. 14, 2006, in a crash at the intersection of Eastown and Allentown roads when his vehicle collided with a tanker truck full of gasoline. He was a local anesthesiologist.

The tanker truck flipped on its side and exploded. Heider died at the scene. The tanker truck driver escaped.

Cynthia Heider filed a lawsuit alleging the light was malfunctioning leading to the crash. Other motorists on the roadway that evening said Dr. Heider failed to stop for a red light. A judge ruled Dr. Heider was at fault.

The tanker truck driver filed a lawsuit over his injuries and was awarded $122,301.

The Hume Road home sits on a six-acre plot in Shawnee Township. The home is 7,000 square feet with nine bedrooms. It also has a music room and a library.

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