Two children in critical condition after accident

BEAVERDAM — A woman and two children were rushed to the hospital Sunday after being struck by a a vehicle driven by a suspected intoxicated driver.

Joel K. Steinmetz, 42, of Bluffton, was traveling eastbound on Lincoln Highway near Bentley Road near Beaverdam in a 2008 Toyota Sienna when, at approximately 12:12 p.m. Sunday, his vehicle was struck while trying to turn off Lincoln Highway. Monica L. Nystrom, 44, of Bellaire, Michigan, was traveling behind Steinmetz in a 2013 Honda Accord when she attempted to pass in the intersection while he was trying to turn and struck his when he attempted to turn.

Steinmetz was treated for minor injuries at the scene, but his wife, Teri L. Steinmetz, 40, was thrown from the passenger seat and out of the vehicle during the collision. She was transported from the scene to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center by Beaverdam-Richland EMS with non-life threatening injuries and where she remains in stable condition.

Two children, an 8 and 10-year-old, were also passengers in Steinmetz’s vehicle and were initially transported to St. Rita’s with non-life threatening injuries. They two were later transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus were they are in critical but stable condition.

Nystrom was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. According to a press release, Ohio State Highway Patrol suspect she was driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The accident is under investigation and charges are pending.

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