UPDATE: One injured teen remains in hospital, another one released

Bellevue-area single-vehicle accident kills driver; Wrong-way crash near Fremont kills both drivers.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 26, 2013


A Bellevue teenager remains hospitalized with serious injuries after a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of the driver, a fellow Bellevue teen.

However, a hospital spokesperson said he cannot release Dakota Schaffer's condition due to patient privacy laws.

The 17-year-old Bellevue boy was a passenger in a car that crashed at 9:21 p.m. Sunday on Ohio 18, a few miles southwest of Bellevue.

Garrett Holmes, 16, of Bellevue, was driving a 2001 Ford Focus southwest on Ohio 18 when the vehicle went off the left side of the road, striking and traveling through a ditch and subsequently striking a barn, landscape rocks and a tree, said state Highway Patrol troopers.

Both occupants were restrained, troopers said.

Holmes sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Schaffer was taken to The Bellevue Hospital and then UTMC in Toledo by North Central EMS. He sustained life-threatening injuries, troopers said.

The vehicle was towed from the scene by John's Towing.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation, troopers said.

Meanwhile, the surviving 15-year-old victim of a double-fatal head-on collision Monday at U.S. 20 and U.S. 6 has been released from a hospital, family members have confirmed.

Zachary Zimmerman, 15, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, was originally listed in critical condition at Fremont Memorial Hospital late Monday but was released later that night after being treated for a concussion, said his grandfather, John Hunt, whose wife, Evelyn N. Hunt, was killed in the collision.

The drivers of two vehicles were killed in the collision that occurred when the driver of one of the vehicles drove the wrong way on a divided highway where U.S. 20 and U.S. 6 run together, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Fremont post.

Killed were Charles E. Starks, 61, of Fremont and Hunt, 57, also of Fremont, troopers said.

The boy was a passenger in Hunt's pickup truck, according to the patrol.

Starks was driving east in the westbound lanes of U.S. 20/U.S. 6 in Sandusky Township about 7:20 p.m. when he collided with Hunt's westbound truck, the patrol said.

Starks was not wearing a seat belt. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Fremont Highway Patrol dispatch and Sandusky County Sheriff's Office began receiving calls of the wrong way driver on the U.S. 6 bypass near north Ohio 19 heading eastbound in the westbound lanes at 7:22 p.m.

As officers responded to the area, they came upon the crash.

The westbound lanes of the U.S. 6 bypass were closed from 7:22 to 10:40 p.m.

Alcohol may have played a role in the crash, which remains under investigation, troopers said.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction, Sandusky County Sheriff's Office, Fremont Police Department, Sandusky County Coroner's Office, Sandusky County Life Squad 17, Sandusky County Fire, Madison Motor's Towing and Ohio Department of Transportation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Toledo Blade staff (MCT) contributed to this story.