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Troopers investigating fatal crash on U.S. 224

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Blanchard Township, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a three-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Sunday evening on U.S. Route 224.

At approximately 7:47 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the crash on U.S. 224 near mile post 25, in Blanchard Township, Putnam County.

51-year-old Bradley Cherry, of Ottawa, was driving a 2011 Jeep Wrangler east on U.S. Route 224.

34-year-old Jorge Villegas, of Findlay, was traveling east on U.S. Route 224 in a 2011 Ford Escape.

36-year-old Thomas Sproles, of Stryker, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado west on U.S. Route 224.

The Jeep, driven by Cherry, was yielding to the oncoming Chevrolet driven by Sproles to make a left turn. The Ford, driven by Villegas, rapidly approached the Jeep, swerved to the left, and struck the Jeep in the left rear.

The Ford began to roll through the air and struck the top of the Chevrolet truck, according to OSHP.

Cherry and two passengers, 49-year-old Jennifer Cherry, and a juvenile, were not injured.

Villegas and his passenger, 22-year-old Selidonio Santiz-Perez, were both flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Sproles was pronounced deceased at the scene. Sproles’ passengers, 35-year-old Melissa Sproles, and four juveniles, were transported by ambulance to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa Police Department, Putnam County Coroner’s Office, Putnam County EMA, Putnam County EMS, Ottawa Fire and EMS, Gilboa Fire Department, Columbus Grove EMS, Leipsic EMS, Pandora EMS, Continental EMS, Mercy Health Life Flight, Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, and 419 Towing.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to OSHP. Villegas was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.

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