Crash claims life of man, baby

A man and a baby died early Monday morning after being involved in an accident on SR 12 Sunday evening.

Drugs appeared to have played a role in the accident, according to State Highway Patrol.

According to the patrol, Casey Monroe, 21, of Burgoon, and Dhruv Misra, 6 weeks, had been taken by Life Flight to Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and died early Monday morning.

Monroe had been traveling northeast-bound on SR 12 in a 2006 Pontiac G6, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2014 Dodge Journey that was southwest-bound, according to State Highway Patrol.

The Pontiac G6 came to rest off the ride side of the road, and the Dodge Journey spun and came to rest on the road.

Dhruv was a passenger in the Dodge Journey, which was driven by Vipin Misra, 30, of Findlay. Other passengers were Durgeshwari Misra, 32, and Madhave Misra, 2.

Vipin, Durgeshwari and Madhave were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to State Highway Patrol.

Monroe was not wearing a seatbelt, Vipin and Durgeshwari were wearing seatbelts and Madhave and Dhruv were in proper safety seats, according to the patrol.

SECOND IN A WEEK

It was the second fatal head-on crash on SR 12 in a week.

A Fostoria man died after his truck was struck head-on by a sport utility vehicle on SR 12 Oct. 9, according to State Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Matt Davis of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol said Jimmie L. Yoder, 72, was taken by Life Flight to Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center, where he later died.

Davis said Yoder was driving a 2008 Ford Ranger east on SR 12.

Lee F. McCumber, 40, of Fostoria, was driving a 2015 Dodge Durango west on SR 12 when the SUV went completely left of center, he said.

Yoder tried to swerve to avoid the collision, he said.

“He was still struck head-on,” he said.

The vehicles went off the south side of SR 12 and caught fire.

McCumber was taken by Bascom EMS to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital and then was taken by helicopter to ProMedica The Toledo Hospital. He was released the next day.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to State Highway Patrol.

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