Hit-skip crash damages headstones in Shawnee area cemetery


SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Police are seeking information surrounding a hit-skip traffic accident that damaged fencing and headstones at Gethsemani Cemetery on Spencerville Road between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.

According to a press release issued by Michael Keith, chief of the Shawnee Township Police Department, the vehicle being sought was traveling eastbound on Chipman Avenue and made a left turn and began to travel northbound on Merlin Avenue at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then left the roadway and traveled through a fence at the cemetery, damaging four headstones.

That vehicle, believed to be a teal, mid-1980s to mid-1990s Ford SUV or Ranger with significant damage to the front passenger side, then left the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Shawnee Township Police Department at 419-227-1115.

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