CELINA — A Celina woman was struck by a car while trying to help two stray dogs Tuesday night.
According to a report from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, central dispatch received several 911 calls reporting the crash at 6:41 p.m. Tuesday on Clover Four Road in Franklin Township. Deputies determined Laura L. Reed, 58, of 309 W. Fulton St., Celina, stopped her 1999 Dodge 1500 pickup truck in the east bound lane of Clover Four Road, east of Guadalupe Road. Reed exited her vehicle and was attempting to corral two stray dogs that were on or near the roadway. Reed had one dog gathered and was standing near the north side of Clover Four, in the westbound lane, when she was struck by a westbound Pontiac Grand Prix operated by Kevin Schwieterman, 24, of Coldwater. There were two witnesses on the scene that stopped to see why Reed was stopped and out of her vehicle. One of those witnesses was Barry Niekamp, a Mercer County Deputy Sheriff, and the other was a 17-year-old Mercer County male.
Schwieterman was processed for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and found to be below the legal limit of intoxication. Schwieterman was released and the crash remains under investigation. Reed was taken by Coldwater Squad to Mercer Health and later she was later flown by helicopter to Dayton.