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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 7:53 am

Verbatim: Two killed in Ohio crash

Ohio State Highway Patrol issued the following news release today:

Auglaize Township – The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle fatal crash which occurred on State Route 117 just west of Brentlinger Road.

On July 3, 2018 at approximately 7:55 P.M., a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Jack H. Harmon, age 88, of Lima, Ohio was traveling west on SR 117. A 2006 International Harvester Semi, operated by Jamal H. Adan, age 34, of San Antonio, Texas was traveling east on SR 117 and crossed over the center line, striking the Harmon vehicle head-on. The Chevrolet came to final rest off the north side of the roadway, and the International Harvester came to final rest partially in the westbound lane.

Mr. Harmon was transported by West Minster EMS to Lima Memorial Hospital. A passenger in Harmon’s vehicle, Charis L. Rex, age 87, of Lima, Ohio was transported by Perry Township EMS to Lima Memorial Hospital. Both Harmon and Rex were pronounced dead by the Allen County Coroner’s Office at the Hospital. Mr. Adan was transported by Harrod EMS to St. Rita’s Mercy Health with non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash, and all occupants were wearing seat belts.

The Lima Post was assisted by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, West Minster Fire/EMS, Perry Township Fire/EMS, Harrod Fire/EMS, Kinstle’s Towing, Minich’s Towing and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. The crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to never drive distracted and always factor in adverse weather conditions when driving.