2 are killed, 4 injured in crash on State Rt. 2

12/26/2007
BLADE STAFF

PETTISVILLE, Ohio - Two Wauseon residents, one of them a teenager, were killed and four were hurt in a two-vehicle crash Monday night at a State Rt. 2 intersection between Archbold and Wauseon, authorities said.

David Mealer, 50, and Hollis Richer, 17, a family friend, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 9:35 p.m. collision on the German-Clinton township line, troopers at the Ohio Highway Patrol s Toledo post said.

Brock Mealer, 22, Mr. Mealer s son, was in critical condition today at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said. Mr. Mealer s wife, Shelly, 47, and Elliott Mealer, 18, another son, were treated at the Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon.

Elliott Mealer, a standout football player at Wauseon High School, in April verbally committed to play football at the University of Michigan.

His girlfriend of about two years, Miss Richer, was killed in the crash.

Elliott Mealer is also a member of the Wauseon high school basketball team. The team had been scheduled to play in a tournament Thursday at Defiance College, but the Wauseon match against Tinora High School has been cancelled because of the accident involving the Mealer family.

According to the report, H. Edward Johnson, 90, was headed south on Fulton County Road 19 when his car ran a stop sign at Route 2 and collided with the Mealers eastbound sport utility vehicle. The SUV flipped, went off the south side of the road, and landed on its roof, troopers said.

Mr. Johnson, who also was treated at the Fulton County Health Center, was wearing a seat belt, but at least four of the five in the Mealer vehicle were not, troopers said.

The accident remained under investigation last night. Pettisville is about 40 miles west of Toledo.