OTTAWA - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two vehicle, serious injury crash that occurred on December 27 at approximately 12:45 p.m. The two vehicle crash occurred on US 224 on the eastside of the village of Ottawa in Putnam County.


A 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by 37 year old Meghan K. Dunn of Defiance was eastbound on US 224 and failed to maintain control on the snow covered roadways and slid left of center. A 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 44 year old Christine L. Kuhlman of Ottawa, was westbound on US 224 and struck the out of control 2005 Chevrolet Impala on the passenger side. The 2005 Chevrolet Impala came to final rest in the westbound lane and the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan traveled off the right side of the roadway coming to final rest on the north berm.

When emergency crews arrived on scene the driver of the Chevrolet Impala, Meghan Dunn, was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center by Life Flight were she is listed in critical condition. The five year
old passenger was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center by Ottawa EMS as a pre-caution.

The driver of the Dodge Grand Caravan, Christine L. Kuhlman, was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center by Ottawa EMS with non-life threatening injuries. The front seat passenger, 20 year old Zach Kuhlman of Ottawa was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center by Ottawa EMS with non-life threating injuries. The back seat passengers, 85 year old Mildred Bidlack of Ottawa and 17 year
old Kyle Kuhlman of Ottawa were transported to St. Ritas Medical Center by Ottawa EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

Both drivers and all occupants were wearing properly adjusted seatbelts. This crash is weather related, and alcohol is not considered a factor in the injury crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by Ottawa Police Department, Ottawa Fire Department, Ottawa EMS, and Life Flight.