Woman cited in 3-vehicle accident

Cary Ashby • Aug 5, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A Sandusky woman has been cited in connection with a three-vehicle crash last week that sent five people to the hospital.

Amy S. Smith, 34, was charged with a red light violation stemming from the accident Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Ohio 61 and Ohio 601. Troopers William Mack and Dustin Hamilton, of the state Highway Patrol, handled the investigation.

North Central EMS transported Smith and the other two drivers, William J. Welch, 88, of 2275 Chenango Road, Wakeman, and David A. Spain, 43, of Delaware, Ohio, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries. The patrol also reported Welch's passenger, Pauline A. Welch, 83, also of 2275 Chenango Road, Wakeman, and Spain's passenger, a 72-year-old Mansfield man whose name wasn't provided, had possible injuries and also went to Fisher-Titus.

Smith was westbound on Ohio 61 in a red, 2006 Pontiac G6 before the first collision at 11:55 a.m. Troopers said Smith "blew the red light" at the Ohio 601 intersection and hit the red Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by William Welch.

"The black car ran into them," said Hamilton, referring to a 2012 four-door Ford Focus driven by Spain.

Three ambulances and the Norwalk Fire Department responded to the crash site.

Fitzgerald Inc. towed the Ford car driven by Spain away with extensive damage to the front. D&K Towing hauled away Smith's Pontiac with disabling damage to the front and rear. Norb's Towing & Recovery towed the pickup truck from the scene with a smashed-in engine compartment.

"We didn't have to extricate anyone," fire Chief John Soisson said at the crash site.

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