Darke County deputies investigate fatal accident

DARKE COUNTY—Feb. 17, 2022 at approximately 7:58 a.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire Department, the City of Greenville Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue,  Union City Rescue, Darke County Coroner’s Office, and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team, responded to the intersection of State Route 49 and Hunter Road on an accident with injury.

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 2015 Honda Accord, driven by Coty Alderman (27), of Troy, was traveling westbound on Hunter Road, approaching the intersection of State Route 49.  Mr. Alderman failed to yield the right of way to a blue 2014 Ford E-350 transit van, traveling southbound on State Route 49, driven by Rex Zizelman (74), of Celina.  Mr. Alderman traveled into the path of Mr. Zizelman, and was struck on the passenger side of his vehicle.  The vehicles then traveled off the roadway before coming to rest on the southwest side of the intersection.

Mr. Alderman was extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means and transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Township Rescue.  Mr. Zizelman was also transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Township Rescue.  Both subjects were picked up by Mobile Intensive Care Units from Miami Valley Hospital and were transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where both are listed in critical condition.

A front seat passenger of the van, Roxine Beals (53), of Celina, was extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means and transported to Wayne Hospital, before being transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.  A rear passenger of the van, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

Identification of the deceased is pending next of kin notification.

This accident remains under investigation.

Staff Report

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