Double fatality goes to prosecutor

Cary Ashby • Feb 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The state Highway Patrol's investigation of a double fatality will be going to the Huron County Prosecutor's Office for the consideration of charges.

North Fairfield residents Rodney D. Williams, 69, and his wife, Betty L. Williams, 66, of 203 N. Main St., were passengers who were killed in a two-vehicle collision Feb. 2. Their granddaughter, Karlie Conaway, 15, of Greenwich, was the driver of the vehicle, a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

The accident occurred on West Ohio 162, just west of Townline Road 79 in Fitchville Township.

The other driver was Troy A. Green, 40, of 91 Birchpark Drive, New London.

Lt. Douglas Hamman said the investigation by Trooper Thomas Halko is complete except troopers haven't been able to get a statement from Green, due to the extent of his injuries. Hamman said the patrol will add a supplement to Halko's report once troopers are able to interview Green.

Hamman said he last heard Green was in critical condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that information Tuesday, saying Green was in the surgical intensive care unit.

"We weren't able to get specifics," Hamman said. "We do follow-ups occasionally, but it's not something we do daily."

Paramedics transported Conaway and Green from the crash site to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with serious injuries. Hamman said the patrol hasn't been able to get any information on Conaway's condition.

Conaway's grandparents were pronounced dead at the scene.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said she hadn't received a report from the patrol as of Tuesday morning.

DeLand, who handles most of the juvenile cases for the prosecutor's office, said troopers typically drop off their reports during their "court run," which usually happens anywhere from the day troopers complete their reports to a few days afterward.

"Normally, they are very prompt," she said.

DeLand said she's had conversations about the crash with Hamman and Halko. She declined further comment, citing the open case.

At 2:18 p.m. Feb. 2, Conaway was westbound on Ohio 162. Troopers said the girl lost control, went left of center and was hit in the eastbound lane of Ohio 162 by the 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Green.

Authorities have established Conaway has a temporary instruction permit, which allows her to be behind the wheel.

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