Fatal accident in Huron County

(UPDATED with more information about the victims) Car and pickup truck collide, leaving both drivers dead and a third person seriously injured.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Sep 3, 2014


The state Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post is investigating a two-vehicle accident that killed both drivers this morning in rural Huron County. The crash occurred at 8:54 a.m. at the intersection of Ohio 61 and Ohio 162 in Greenfield Township.

Roger Dearsman, 76, of Green Springs, was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck east on 162 when he failed to yield at a posted stop sign at Ohio 61 and collided with a southbound 2010 Hyundai driven by Sandra L. Lovato, 54, of Norwalk, troopers said. Both vehicles traveled off the southeast side of the intersection and came to rest.

Lovato, who had been wearing her seat belt, was transported by Willard EMS to Mercy Willard Hospital, where she died from injuries sustained in the crash. Her vehicle was also towed from the scene by Wilcox Towing.

Dearsman, who was not wearing his seat belt, was taken by North Central EMS ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he died from injuries sustained in the crash. His passenger, Evelyn Dearsman, 71, also of Green Springs, received serious injuries and also was taken by North Central EMS ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Mrs. Dearsman, who was wearing her seat belt, received serious injuries and later was transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

The truck was towed from the scene by Wilcox Towing.

Pictures of the accident scene can by seen HERE.

No charges will be filed, and there is no indication of alcohol or drug involvement. The crash remains under investigation.

Assistance at the scene was provided by the Fairfield Township Fire Department, North Central EMS, Willard EMS, Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Wilcox Towing.

Lovato’s survivors include her husband of 31 years, Frankie Lovato Jr., and their children, Megan (Walter) Hodgkiss of Huron, Shawn Lovato, of Queens, N.Y., and Timothy Lovato of Norwalk. She is also survived by her granddaughter Allison; a sister, Debora Stogner and a sister-in-law, Michelle Sweet of Norwalk.

The daughter of the late Charles and Hazel Fern Sweet, Lovato was a 1978 graduate of Norwalk High School. She served as president of the Wooden Horse Corp., a family-owned company that produces the Equicizer that she started with her husband in 2006. The Equicizer is billed as “the No. 1 mechanical horse worldwide for riders building strength, skill, balance, flexibility, fitness and confidence,” according to its website at equicizer.com.

A lifelong horse enthusiast, she also founded Stampede of Dreams in Norwalk in 2009. The non-profit program provides equine-assisted horseback riding lessons, giving therapeutic benefits for children and adults with special needs.

To reach the full obituary, including calling hours and service times, click HERE.


swiss family

my most heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of all involved,....

Richard Russell

I used to drive though this intersection every day on St. Rt. 61. Lately, I have been through it the other way on St. Rt. 162 and have noticed how difficult it is to cross.  Even after stopping and looking both ways, it is very difficult to see the approaching north or south-bound traffic.

I think it is finally time to put in either a 4-way stop or a stop-light at this intersection. The location is just too dangerous and it will not add that much drive time for anyone traveling St. Rt. 61.



This intersection isn't the greatest but it's not that bad. The worst intersection I have ever seen is 162 and Peru Center....I can't believe there are not more accidents there. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families.


My God, that intersection is the worst ever. Some schools sports teams busses won't even go that way to Plymouth (from Monroeville) due to the crazy view towards the west on 162. And when you take into consideration the hideous way they drive down Peru Center Road, it's double dangerous even for the ones traveling on 162. And I will say, 162 and 61 creeps up on you. But Peru Center and 162...the state doesn't care. I've seen 4 way stops on roads where you can see a half maile on all four ways to the stop signs. But 162 with that 120 yard sight distance off Peru Center??? NO way


No charges have been filed? Can't charge a deceased person can you? My condolences to both parties family and friends.

Kottage Kat

My heartbreaks for the Lovato family.
Frankie you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Prayers go out to the families ,Mrs.Lavoto was a sweet. And kind person.


While my heart goes out to both families cant help to think this intersection may not be the best but doesnt justify running a stop sign....also wonder if his age had anything to do with it.


I'm sorry and no disrespect but if you really look at most of the fatal and serious crashes they involve elderly people mostly 65 and older. In my opinion it should be a law that requires people who turn age 65 should have to take the drivers license test over again and be reevaluated.


Ditto with these texting brats and adults who also cause a lot of crashes. I see em all the time. I'm gonna start throwing eggs at them.


That's right. This is not the 1rst time at this location either with age related fatality(s). Failure to yield.


Frankie, I am so sorry about your loss. Many prayers and condolences to you and your family.

Cliff Cannon

Many times we that are left behind are left with the question of 'why'. Why would a life long angel like Sandy, who's family has already suffered so much. Have to suffer from losing another angel ? Having not that answer. All I can say is I am forever grateful, that I knew such an angel. Praying for peace for the Lovato's and praising God I knew their beautiful angel Sandy


Very nice Cliff and so very true.


Maybe some flashing stop signs that have the solar panel to charge the battery during the day may help? It was very very foggy this morning and before the sign is a very low lying stretch of road and if one is not familiar, you could easily blow through the stop sign.


They should add rumble stripes as well

A Marine Mom

There are two sets on each side of 162 as you approach 61 already.

A Marine Mom



Wasn't foggy when I went through there. Must have rolled in later.


It was, my wife drove up on it going to the airport, she sent a pic, extremely foggy.


Prayers going up for the families of the victims. I have to agree it is hard to see if anybody is coming on 61. Something must be done. Maybe a trip light?

A Marine Mom

If I am not mistaken you have to pass over 2 sets of rumble strips when approaching 61 from either direction on 162.
Prayers for both families.


I don't believe there are any coming from the west which would have been the direction from which the driver in the pickup was driving.


Yes there are. Cross them every morning at 4:30.


There have been way too many accidents at that intersection. There should have been lights there years ago. Wake up Ohio Dept. of Highways!

Mrs Green

For insurance reasons, they will file charges! Someone was at fault, and that insurance company will need someone charged! My thoughts and prayers are with the families! Having my husband survive a fatal crash, I know how hard it is!


always comes down to insurance. someones gotta get screwed in the name of insurance. bad enough that you lose your life but they gotta take your dignity too.gotta


Just horrable, I use to take that way to work everyday. Had many close calls. But agree Preu Centrr and 162 is bad seen a wreak. All it takes is seconds. Nothing gets fixed till a bad wreak.


Prayers go out to both families and to all medical, fire and policemen involved. I don't know exactly what the answer is but that intersection and 162 at Peru Center really need to be reviewed for different options. Too many people dying and getting injured in those intersections.

Tori storm

That is a bad intersection, hate to drive through it.