Authorities suspect a Norwalk teen had been stealing stop signs prior to being killed in a traffic accident Thursday.
While driving a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck south on Medusa Road, Tyller A. Myers, 19, of 4649 En Road, ran a stop sign at U.S. 20, and a westbound 2008 Peterbilt tractor-trailer slammed into his pickup, said troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol.
The collision sent both vehicles off the left side of U.S. 20 and into a corn field.
While investigating the accident, authorities discovered three stop signs in Myers’ truck, Sgt. Jason Demuth said Sunday afternoon.
Those stop signs had been taken from intersections along the route Myers had been traveling prior to the crash, Demuth said.
One sign was taken from the intersection of Ohio 61 and Wells Road, another from Ohio 61 and Gibbs Road and a third from an access road to a market by Wells Road and Ohio 61.
Demuth added that Myers is the only suspect in the stop-sign thefts.
Officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation replaced the stop signs, Demuth said.
Myers, the only occupant in the pickup, was not wearing his seatbelt, said Trooper Tim Hoffman, who investigated the crash. Myers was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was taken to Evans Funeral Home, where visitation took place Sunday.
The semi driver, Kevin P. Heter, 53, of Clyde, was flown from the scene to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.