3 hurt in area mudding accident

UPPER SANDUSKY – Three people were transported by Life Flight after being struck by a car during a mudding event in Wyandot County Saturday evening.

According to a release from Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, the office received several 911 calls at 8:39 p.m. that reported three people had been struck by a vehicle at 10140 CH 122, just east of Upper Sandusky.

Deputies found two women and a boy had been struck by a 1965 Chevrolet El Camino driven by Charles L. Luikart, 21, of Upper Sandusky, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Brandon Kromer identified the victims as Lisa R. Cain, 42, of Sycamore; her son, Noah Cain, 14, also of Sycamore; and

Teresa K. Wright, 54, of Nevada, Ohio.

Lisa and Wright were taken from the scene by Life Flight to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Noah first was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital and then transported by Life Flight. Kromer said he was told Noah was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

A hospital spokeswoman said Sunday evening Wright and Noah were in fair condition. She did not have a condition for Lisa.

Kromer said he did not know the extent of their injuries.

The incident occurred during a party on private property, and Kromer said for the last couple of years, the large property had hosted a mudding event.

The big party had a mud pit and food vendors, he said. The victims were standing where other vehicles were parked. Kromer said Luikart’s vehicle just had come out of the mud pit and was heading to park.

“(He) wasn’t able to stop,” he said.

Kromer said there were no signs of impairment or intoxication, and Luikart had not been charged as of Sunday evening. Luikart said the brakes had failed on the vehicle, Kromer said.

The incident remained under investigation Sunday evening.