DARKE COUNTY — Four people lost their lives in vehicular accidents on Darke County roadways in 2017, according to information provided by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
The four road fatalities in 2017 represents a decrease from 2016, when seven people died on Darke County roadways.
The first vehicular fatality of year occurred January 31, 2017. Tyler Baumgardner, 23, of Union City, Ohio, was killed at the intersection of U.S. Route 36 and Old U.S. Route 36 in Bradford. Baumgardner was a passenger in a vehicle which attempted to pass another, striking an oncoming vehicle head on.
Marjorie Biddlestone, 84, of Vandalia, was the second road fatality of 2017, pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car crash at State Route 49 in the area of Miller-Brumbaugh Road near Pitsburg, June 14.
On July 2, Kristen Lee, 27, of Arcanum, died in the early morning hours at the intersection of U.S. Route 127 and Hogpath Road, south of Greenville, after her car was struck by another vehicle after she failed to stop at the juncture.
David Wray, 57, of Piqua, was the last road fatality of 2017, succumbing to injuries following an August 3 collision in which the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle turning onto U.S. Route 36 from Stahl Road east of Greenville.
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