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.
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