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Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

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Two fatal accidents and another serious injury crash were reported over the weekend.

In Van Wert County, a man riding a motorcycle he had just purchased earlier in the day was killed when the bike hit a deer on Willshire-Ohio City Road late Friday night.

Dana Nofer, 45, of rural Convoy, was declared dead at the scene by Van Wert County Coroner Dr. Scott Jarvis at 11:22 p.m. Friday.

According to the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department, Nofer had left the Avengers Motorcycle Club in Ohio City between 11:05 and 11:10 p.m. and was traveling west on his black 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle when a deer ran onto the roadway shortly after Nofer passed Dull Robinson Road.

Nofer’s motorcycle hit the deer and he was thrown off the bike and landed just off the north side of the roadway. A passerby, Michael Speakman, found Nofer and called 9-1-1 to report that the victim was hurt and barely breathing.

Deputy Ryan Barnes was dispatched to the crash scene, as was the Ohio City EMS Squad. Ohio City Police Officer Calvin Mengerink was also on the scene. When the EMS squad arrived, it was determined that the corner was needed.

The bike received disabling damage and was towed from the scene.

Alcohol was thought to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation. A blood sample was taken and submitted to the state for analysis and results are pending. Nofer was not wearing a helmet and also did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license.

Also assisting at the scene was Sgt. Joe Sisco of the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Deputy Sgt. Randy Averesch of the sheriff’s department.

On Sunday, a Paulding man was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Paulding County Road 115 in Emerald Township in Paulding County.

According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, David Bakle, 72, was driving on County Road 115 and failed to yield the right of way to a 2004 Chrysler Town and County minivan driven west on U.S. 24 by Corinne Ehrhart, 36, of Antwerp.

Bakle, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Paulding County Coroner Dr. Joseph Kuhn. Ehrhart and two passengers in her car, Mallory Ehrhart, 10, and Maclaron Ehrhart, 4, were all injured. Maclaron was life-flighted to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., by Samaritan helicopter, while Corinne and Mallory Ehrhart were taken to Defiance’s Promedica ground unit to Parkview. Corinne Ehrhart was listed in serious condition this morning at Parkview, while the hospital had no listing for either Mallory or Maclaron Ehrhart.

All three people in the Ehrhart vehicle were properly restrained, according to the sheriff’s department.

Also assisting at the scene were the Paulding EMS and Fire Department, and the Defiance and Van Wert posts of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. U.S. 24 was closed in both directions for about an hour.

The accident remains under investigation by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition to the fatal crashes, three people were hurt in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Paulding County Road 140 at about 8:16 p.m. Friday.

According to the Van Wert Patrol post, a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was being driven south on Township Road 191 in Paulding County when she failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with County Road 140 and her vehicle was struck by an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup operated by Benjamin Decker, 28, of Defiance.

Wagner was seriously injured in the crash and was life-flighted to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne by Samaritan helicopter. She was listed in fair condition this morning at Parkview. A passenger in her vehicle, Brett Wagner, 30, of Oakwood, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Decker was taken to Mercy Defiance Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Assistance was provided at the scene by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, Oakwood Police Department, Oakwood Fire and EMS, R&O Service and Integrity Auto Body.

The crash remains under investigation.

POSTED: 05/06/13 at 5:14 am. FILED UNDER: News