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Published: Thursday, 6/28/2007

Heavy rain causes fatal two-vehicle crash in Rossford

Heavy rain last night contributed to a two-vehicle crash in Rossford that killed a Toledo woman and hurt three other people, authorities said.

Evelyn Carpenter, 44, of 2531 Consaul St., was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center about 40 minutes after the crash, which occurred at 6:35 p.m.

Joseph Kidwell, 21, of the Consaul address, was in serious condition in St. Vincent, and Shannon Denny, 20, of Indianapolis, who was staying at the Consaul address, was in fair condition in St. Vincent.

William Ohls, 61, of Perrysburg Township, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Mr. Kidwell was driving a minivan east on State Rt. 795 when the rain reduced visibility and he failed to stop for a red light at Lime City Road, troopers said. The minivan struck Mr. Ohls' car, which was southbound on Lime City.

Ms. Carpenter, who was in the rear of the minivan and not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle. All three others involved in the crash wore seat belts, troopers said.

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