CELINA – A 3-year-old Minster girl was killed in a collision Saturday morning and the driver is being held on criminal charges.
In a news release issued to The Evening Leader, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said deputies responded to the scene of a two-vehicle collision at 11:24 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Ohio 119 and U.S. 127 in Granville Township. The investigation determined Jinghao Xu, 50, of Hamilton, was westbound on Ohio 119 in a 2006 Chevrolet Express Van. Xu reportedly stopped at the stop sign, then entered the intersection. Upon entering the intersection, the van was struck by a northbound 2002 Chevrolet Prism driven by Hillary Hartings, 22, 1489 Voskuhl Road, Maria Stein.
After impact, Xu’s van came to rest in the middle of the intersection facing northeast and Harting’s Prism traveled across the lawn of Moeller Doors sales coming to rest in the parking lot facing northwest.
Conner Bruns, 6, of Amsterdam Road, Minster, was in the front passenger of the Prism and Keaton Bruns, 9, same address, was in the rear passenger seat. Both were transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater, then transferred to Children’s Hospital.
Aubrey L. Bruns, 3, also of Amsterdam Road, Minster, was seated in the rear seat on the driver’s side. Aubrey was transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Hartings and Xu were both treated and released at Mercer Health. Xu is being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on a $250,000 bond and is expected to face charges of aggravated vehicular homicide.
“At this point, we are checking his immigration status as he stated he was not a United States Citizen and it appears that his driver’s license had been cancelled by the state of Illinois,” Grey said in the news release. “Deputies worked through an interpreter as Xu speaks Korean and very little English.”
The crash is still under investigation. Deputies were assisted at the scene by St. Henry Fire Department and MCERV. Two EMS squads from Coldwater and two EMS squads from St. Henry transported the injured.