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Local teen driver dies after collision with suspected drunken driver

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The Fremont Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol is currently handling a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on U.S. 224 at the intersection of Country Road 23 in Seneca County. 

Joshua Collins, 19, of Willard, died as a result of the accident. A pair of passengers in his vehicle, Johni Hamons, 15, and David Tripp, 11, both of Republic, were injured.

Collins was driving a 1998 Chevy S10 north on County Road 23 at 1:19 a.m. Saturday when he stopped at the stop sign at U.S. 224 and then started through the intersection, entering the path of an eastbound 2009 Chevy Silverado being driven by Bryan Waldock, 24, of Tiffin, troopers said. Waldock's Silverado slammed into the driver's side of Collins' vehicle.

Collins was flown from the scene by a LifeFlighted helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he was pronounced deceased.

Tripp also taken to St. Vincent via LifeFlight with serious injuries. Hamons, the other child in Collins' vehicle, was taken to Mercy Willard Hospital by Attica Fire and EMS with non-life threatening injuries. 

Waldock was taken to Tiffin Mercy Hospital by Attica EMS with non-life threatening injuries. Waldock subsequently was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, troopers said.  Blood results are pending.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Seneca County Sheriff's Office, Attica EMS and Fire, Bloom Township EMS, St. Vincent’s Life Flight, and Tiffin-based John’s Towing.

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