CELINA — Deputies in Mercer County are investigating the county's first fatality of 2012.
In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said his office is investigating a single-vehicle, fatal crash that occurred on Mercer-Darke County Line Road, just west of Cochran Road. At approximately 5:14 a.m. Monday, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office notified Mercer County Central Dispatch of a motor vehicle crash on the Mercer-Darke County Line Road. After Darke County deputies arrived, it was determined the crash occurred in Mercer County.
The investigation revealed the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Lucas E. Staugler, 22, of 208 Gwendolyn St., Fort Recovery, was westbound on Mercer-Darke County Line Road driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, when he went off the north side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. The vehicle came to rest in a field. Staugler was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
Mercer County deputies were assisted at the scene by Darke County deputies, as well as members of the Burkettsville Fire Department, Osgood rescue squad and MCERV.