Accident being investigated

Stolen car found crashed in a field outside of Norwalk this week.
Cary Ashby
Dec 6, 2013


Authorities are investigating the theft of a car found crashed in a field outside of Norwalk this week.

The state Highway Patrol and Norwalk Police Department are handling the joint investigation of the theft of a red 2005 Saturn Ion. The owner, a Port Clinton woman, told troopers she had the keys in her possession and didn't know who might have stolen her car.

Trooper William Howard found the wrecked car overturned in a field on Lovers Lane Road at 3 a.m. Monday. The trooper said no driver was present at the time and there were no witnesses to the crash.

However, Norwalk Police Capt. Mike Conney said both agencies want to interview a person of interest they've identified.

"We'll be working with them on it," Conney said, referring to the joint investigation.

The driver was northbound on Lovers Lane when they crossed the center line and went off the left and right sides of the road, according to the patrol's crash report. The Saturn hit a concrete driveway, overturned 1 1/2 times and stopped on its top.

The trooper notified the owner, who filed a stolen vehicle report with the Norwalk Police Department on Tuesday morning. The woman reported her car was stolen from an Ontario Street residence early Monday.