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4 Killed In Crash In Mercer County

April 1, 2012

CELINA — Four people died in a collision Saturday night in Mercer County.

According to a news release issued by Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at   8:17 p.m. Saturday regarding of a head-on collision on U.S. 127, just south of Clover Four Road.

A 2004 Chevy Venture van driven by Zachary Elliott, 16, 9995 Conover Road, Versailles, was northbound on U.S. 127. A 1997 Buick LeSabre, driven by Henry Fortkamp,76, 1007 Peters Road, Fort Recovery, was southbound on U.S. 127.

Elliott was the sole occupant of the van. The Fortkamp vehicle had three other passengers — in the front passenger side was Donald Homan, 77, 38 Jefferson St., Burkettsville, in the rear driver’s side seat was Arlene Fortkamp, 72, wife of Henry, 1007 Peters Road, Fort Recovery, and the in the rear passenger side seat was Rosamary Homan, 75, wife of Donald, 38 Jefferson St., Burkettsville.

The investigation of the crash revealed that Elliott’s van veered left of center, for an unknown reason, and struck Fortkamp’s vehicle head-on. Fortkamp was pronounced dead at the scene.  Arlene Fortkamp and Rosamary Homan were pronounced dead upon arrival at Mercer Health, and Elliott was taken to Mercer Health, where he was transferred to Dayton via helicopter and was later pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital. Homan is still hospitalized.

The crash remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted on scene by Coldwater and St. Henry Fire Departments, and squads from Celina, Coldwater and St. Henry. Deputies were also assisted by personnel from MCERV.

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