Couple killed in single-vehicle Van Wert County crash Thursday

Staff reports

OHIO CITY — A husband and wife were killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in southern Van Wert County.

According to a statement from the Van Wert post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a motor home driven by Roger D. Schilt, 75, of West Unity, was northbound on U.S. 127 near the intersection of state Route 81 at approximately 2:40 p.m. Thursday when the vehicle drifted left of center, continued off the left side of the road, hit a ditch, and struck a concrete culvert before coming to a stop.

Schilt was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife, Catherine L. Schilt, 74, also of West Unity, was taken to Van Wert Health by a Van Wert Fire Department EMS squad, and then flown by Samaritan medical transport helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The crash resulted in the closing of U.S. 127 during the patrol’s investigation and accident scene clean-up.

The Van Wert post was also assisted at the scene by the Ohio City Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, Ohio Department of Transportation, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office and Hague Towing.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Staff reports

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