Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
ROUNDHEAD — An Ada woman was claimed in a three-vehicle accident on State Route 117 north of Roundhead Wednesday afternoon, according to Kenton Times reports.
The victim was identified as Jennifer Shepherd, 46.
Deputies of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office report Ms. Shepherd was operating a southbound car on State Route 117 about 3:25 p.m. when she veered left of center and struck a northbound car driven by Sara Harris, 31, of Lima.
After Harris’ vehicle was struck, it hit a van that was traveling behind the Shepherd car, operated by Virginia Guagentia, 53, of Lima.
Ms. Shepherd was transported by Life Flight to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, where she was pronounced dead.
Ms. Harris was taken by Roundhead EMS to Lima Memorial Hospital and was listed in stable condition. Two children in the Guagentia van were taken by Alger EMS to St. Rita’s for non-life threatening injuries.
The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by Roundhead and Alger EMS, Roundhead Fire Department, Life Flight and Lowery Towing. The crash remains under investigation.
Ms. Shepherd is the fifth person be killed in car accidents in Hardin County since July 22.
Earl Steinle, of Forest, was killed on that date in an accident on U.S. 68 south of Kenton. Damien Howard was killed in late July in a crash on County Road 75.
A crash on S.R. 117 then claimed the life of Sandra Schneer of Roundhead, and Lisa Frater, of Dunkirk, was killed on U.S. 68 north of Kenton earlier this month.
Sheriff Keith Everhart said his department is concerned with the increased number of fatal accidents reported in the county this year and will be responding with a countywide enforcement effort this weekend.
“We are tremendously ahead of normal with the number of fatal accidents in Hardin County so far this year,” said Everhart, “but the causes have not been attributed to alcohol or speed. Most have been caused by driver inattention and not wearing seat belts. Drivers really need to pay attention when they are operating a vehicle.”
He announced deputies will be working in a joint effort with the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Friday and Saturday to address the concerns. The cost of overtime is being covered by a state grant.
“We will be out in full force,” the sheriff said.