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Driver dies after Toyota Prius is slammed by semi truck

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The Fremont post of the state Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Sunday on Ohio 53 within the intersection of County Road 6 (south of the City of Tiffin) in Seneca Township. 

Kevin L. Shanks, 53, of Tiffin, was driving a 2008 Toyota Prius west on County Road 6 at 4:45 p.m. when he failed to yield from the stop sign at the Ohio 53 intersection, troopers said. His Prius was struck by a southbound 1999 Peterbilt tractor/trailer combination being driven by Keith Doliboa, 61, of Eaton, and then traveled off the west edge of the roadway, hitting a sign and tree. The semi, meanwhile, stopped in the roadway.

Shanks died from his injuries at the scene, troopers said.

Neither Doliboa nor his passenger, Donna M. Back, 48, of Camden, were injured. 

Seat belts were in use by all involved in the crash. 

Troopers were assisted by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, New Riegel EMS, McCutchenville Fire, Ohio Department of Transportation and Peacock’s Towing.

The crash remains under investigation.

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