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Pedestrian killed while walking on I-75 in Hancock County




Findlay, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred Saturday on I-75 in Hancock County.

At approximately 6:44 p.m., troopers from the Findlay Post responded to the crash near mile post 165 in Allen Township, Hancock County.

A 2019 Ford Expedition, operated by 42-year-old Philip Wood of Rochester, Michigan, was traveling south on I-75 when it struck a pedestrian in the roadway.

The pedestrian was headed west, attempting to cross the southbound lanes of I-75, according to OSHP.

The pedestrian was then struck by two additional vehicles.

A 2012 Ford Escape, operated by 29-year-old Kelsey Flanigan, of Winston Salem, North Carolina, was also traveling south on I-75.

The final vehicle to strike the pedestrian was a 2013 Ford Focus, operated by 27-year-old Lucas Row, of Oregon, Ohio. Row was also traveling south on I-75 at the time of the crash.

The pedestrian, identified as 43-year-old William J. Wells, of Columbus, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers.

Southbound I-75 was shut down for approximately four hours for the crash investigation. The roadway has since been re-opened.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Allen Township Fire and EMS, and D and D Towing.

The crash remains under investigation.

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