Spencerville man killed in rural two-car collision

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com

SPENCERVILLE — A Spencerville man died as the result of injuries suffered in a two-car collision Monday evening in Allen County’s Amanda Township.

According to a statement from the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2009 Pontiac driven by Rodney Hardeman, 53, of Spencerville, was traveling eastbound on state Route 117 near the intersection of Sunderland Road shortly after 6 p.m. Monday. The report states that Hardeman’s vehicle — which reportedly had gone off the right side of the roadway on multiple occasions — went left of center and struck a 2012 Chevy Equinox driven by Gregory Nix, 38, of Coldwater, that was westbound on 117.

Nix and Hardeman were transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center by Spencerville EMS. Nix sustained non-life threatening injuries, while Hardeman suffered fatal injuries as a result of this crash.

Drugs are suspected as being a contributing factor to this crash, according to the report.

Hardeman was not wearing a safety restraint system at the time of the crash.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Spencerville Fire Department, Spencerville EMS, Delpha Chevrolet, Able Towing and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation.


By J Swygart


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