ROCKFORD - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported this morning that Mercer County recorded its 13th and 14th traffic fatalities from nine fatal crashes this year.
"This has been a tragic year on Mercer County Highways," Grey said in a news release.
Four deaths have been recorded in the last 8 days.
The first crash took place at 6:57 p.m. Saturday. Mercer County Central dispatch received a transferred 9-1-1 call from Van Wert County of a single vehicle crash on Tama Road, just west of Wabash Road.
Investigation into the crash revealed that Steven L. Kable, 37, 214 East Fulton Street, Celina, was eastbound on Tama Road negotiating the curve just west of Wabash Road. Kable was driving a 1994 Toyota when, for an unknown reason, he swerved, causing the car to slide broadside across the roadway, striking a telephone pole and rolling over multiple times coming to rest in the cornfield on the north side of Tama Road. Kable was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Kable was not wearing a seat belt.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by Chatt Fire Department and the Rockford Branch of Mercer County EMS.
The second crash took place at 12:50 a.m. Sunday. A deputy was dispatched to the area of State Route 49 between Oregon Road and Koch Road for horses on the roadway. When the deputy arrived, he saw two horses on the east side of the road and multiple horses on the west, all loose. The deputy stopped at 9227 State Route 49, the Joe V. Schwartz residence, the owner of the horses, to alert them that the horses were loose.
While alerting the owner, the horses from the east side of the roadway moved onto the roadway. A northbound 2002 Mercedes Benz ML3, driven by Noland R. Kirk, 63, Fort Wayne, Indiana, struck the horses. After striking the horses, the vehicle rolled onto its top sliding into the cornfield on the east side of State Route 49. As the vehicle continued to roll, Kirk was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Kirk was not wearing a seat belt.
Two minutes later, a 2003 Buick driven by Angela K. Jenkins, 38, Decatur, Ind., was northbound on State Route 49 and struck the two horses laying in the roadway. Jenkins had two passengers, Kathleen Dolan, 38, Monroe, Ind., and Emma Boomershime, 9, in the vehicle. Dolan was transported to Mercer Health.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by Chatt Fire Department, MCERV, the Celina Branch of Mercer County EMS, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.