BEAVERDAM — A head-on collision on Interstate 75 near Beaverdam on Wednesday night claimed the life of of a 15-year-old boy from Ypsilanti, Michigan. Five other persons suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
According to the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers responded at approximately 11:49 p.m. to the report of a head-on collision between a Ford F-350 pickup truck and a Ford Explorer.
Police say the F-350, driven by John Robinson, 64, of Phoenix, Arizona, entered I-75 from the Beaverdam exit and began traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of travel. His vehicle struck the Ford Explorer, driven by Richard Watson, 44, of Ypsilanti, head-on.
Robinson, the only occupant of his vehicle, was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s by Bath Township EMS with non-life threatening injuries.
Christopher M. Watson, 15, a passenger in the Watson vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by an investigator from the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
There were four other passengers in the Watson vehicle in addition to the driver, who was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s by Beaverdam EMS with non-life threatening injuries.
The front-seat passenger, Deena N. Frye, 42, was transported to Lima Memorial Health System by Bath Township EMS with serious injuries. Other passengers transported included Chloee E. Watson, 18, transported by Beaverdam EMS to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s with non-life threatening injuries; Colby Watson, 10, transported by Beaverdam EMS to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s with non-life threatening injuries; and Conner N. Watson, 11, transported by Beaverdam EMS to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s with serious injuries.
Alcohol use by Robinson is a suspected factor in the crash.
The Lima post was assisted by the Bluffton Police Department, Beaverdam Fire and EMS, Bath Township Fire and EMS, Cairo Fire and EMS, Big Daddy’s Towing, the Coroner’s Office and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.