ADA — A recent Ada High School and Apollo Career Center graduate died during a two-vehicle crash Monday night just east of the village.
Alex Sweigart, 18, of Ada, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a press release from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.
“Alex was one of the nicest young men you’d ever want to meet,” Ada Superintendent Meri Skilliter wrote in a community message on the district’s website. “… We will hold this family in our hearts as they process this loss. We are so grateful for this tight-knit community.”
The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of state Route 81 and county Road 65. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart reported a southbound box truck driven by Walter L. Cole III, 28, of Columbus, pulled from a stop sign on county Road 65 into the path of Sweigert’s vehicle, which traveled east on state Route 81.
A passenger in Sweigart’s vehicle, Garret Rettig, was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, with non-life threatening injuries. Cole was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The West Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team set up an opportunity for students from Ada and Apollo alike to drop in at Ada United Methodist Church from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday to talk to counselors and other interventionists.
The crash remains under investigation. Assisting at the scene were the Sheriff’s Multi County Crash Investigation Team, Ada Police Department, Ada-Liberty Fire, Ada EMS, Bluffton EMS and the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.