Two killed in Sunday afternoon traffic crash in Van Wert County


VAN WERT — A two-vehicle crash in Van Wert County on Sunday afternoon left two people dead.

According Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach, via the department’s Facebook page, the crash occurred at approximately 4:24 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Liberty Union Road and Van Wert-Willshire Road.

Riggenbach said a 2009 Ford Fusion driven by Eric Mwamba of Lexington, Kentucky, and a 2015 Ford Edge, driven by Cynthia Schumm of Van Wert, were involved in the crash. The sheriff said the crash appeared to have happened when the vehicle driven by Mwamba that was southbound on Liberty Union Road failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck on the passenger side by a vehicle being driven by Schumm that was eastbound on Van Wert-Willshire Road.

Mwamba was transported by helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was later pronounced dead. A passenger in the vehicle, Laetitia Tchamala of Haltom City, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office.

Schumm suffered suspected serious injuries, was transported to Van Wert Heath by Van Wert EMS and was later transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center by helicopter.

Riggenbach said the crash remains under investigation. Assisting at the scene were Ohio City Fire and EMS and Van Wert Fire and EMS.

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