Local teen driver dies after collision with suspected drunken driver

A local teen was killed and two children were injured after their pickup was involved in an early-morning accident involving a suspected drunken driver on U.S. 224.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Oct 1, 2012

 

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.

Comments

mikel

sorry for the families loss. keeping this in mind, it was the collins vehicle that pulled out in front the dui vehicle.

starryeyes83

Was that stop sign missing or not visible? Was Collin's impaired or distracted? Geez, I wish people were more careful.

DieselSmoke

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. He was stopped at the stop sign so it must have been visible and must not have been missing.

starryeyes83

Thank you, for the clarification my computer wasn't getting it all in at the time.

scotty4350

The intersection is bad. You can't see oncoming traffic. It is easy to pull out in front of people.

MiSSM0RGAN03

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former local

"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." Looks like he pulled in front of the drunk driver to me.

Seen it All

Is that intersection a 4 way stop? If it's the one I'm thinking, then it's NOT.. and someone can stop and look all day, but they can't pull out in front of someone else and expect NOT to be hit!

scotty4350

It is a blind intersection. The intersection lies over the crest of a hill and it is next to impossible to see oncoming traffic. It is just a terrible intersection that will never be a 4 way stop.

kam33

there is a sign just before the hill comes advising you there is an intersection with a 35 mph limit because its a dangerous intersection...the warnings are there

kam33

if you go 35mph it can give you enough time to react...that sign has saved my life a number of times

mikel

it's ok missmorgan, i am not a hater.

0101

This wasnt bryans fault. Yes he is wrong to no end for drinking and driving. Josh didnt see him coming and pulled out into the intersection and in front of Bryan. This is a horrible accident and my heart goes out to both families. I know this intersection personally and refuse to drive cr 23 due to not being able to see cars coming from the west. Bryan is at fault for drinking and driving but it wasnt his fault that a car pulled out in front of him.

KURTje

To the Collins family - sorry for your loss. Drunk driving #@!%*.

onegirlarmy

so sorry for your loss....very sad yet another consequence of a dangerous drug..."ALCOHOL"

starryeyes83

Maybe both drivers were drunk, we don't know , yet.

arnmcrmn

They would have reported it. No the kid who died was not intoxicated.

starryeyes83

Ok, If he was impaired with something else , they wouldn't get the results back this fast, would they?

Seen it All

you know this HOW? Ohhhhhhh, because it wasn't reported in the paper as such? TOO early to tell WHY he pulled out in front of another.

starryeyes83

read "IF " ... or did ya miss that word?

Seen it All

I wasn't replying to you starryeyes83, I was replying to arnmcrmn's comment.

starryeyes83

Okay Seen it All, I'm sorry.. my bad, the format doesn't indent that great. More careful in future.

David Deerest.

Really? Way to stir the pot, starryeye. That's so nice of you to come in here and start a bunch of rumors. I'm sure both families are now shaking their heads in sheer amazement on not thinking this way. You're an idiot.

starryeyes83

What rumors? Those are the same damn questions LE reports anyway. Only the tox reports aren' back yet. Get over yourself, Dave. What about the intersection , itself? OR did ya forget to read that part in your old age?

David Deerest.

50 is the new 40...I'm so over myself.? Still head village idiot, you are.

starryeyes83

If you're the new 40, then you're still older than I, ha ha. Anyway ,chowder head I don't live in your village. Blather on, though.

44846GWP

Folks, let the Highway Patrol investigate the crash, and point blame. Also, "blood results are pending", means we do not know who, if anyone was drunk besides Waldock. Stop posting like you know what happened, and who was at fault. Give it a rest, their families and friends don't need to hear what you think, nor do they care.

David Deerest.

I won't let your comment go unnoticed, Zippy. Perhaps their families and friends don't care what YOU think, either. Calling the townspeople busy bodies, and you've commented twice.

mom4all

Yes, Bryan was wrong for driving drunk, and yes, the accident was Josh's fault. If you know anything about that intersection, you know that it is HORRID!! Pulling off of CR 23 is SCARY to say the least! THere is a HUGE hill that makes it almost impossible to see if someone is coming. That stretch of 224 from Attica to Tiffin is wicked! Prayers to ALL of the families involved...cannot be easy for ANY of them right now...my kids have gone/go to school with everyone involved. Very sad situation...

starryeyes83

That's why I asked in my first post if the stop sign was visiable. There's alot of shI**Y intersections out there.

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