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Blanchard Township — As many in the community are already aware, Angela Schumaker passed away last Friday morning, following a head-on collision just outside Ottawa.

For anyone in the community wishing to support the Schumaker family during this time, an account has been setup with the Huntington Bank, 332 E. Main Street in Ottawa, 419-523-6880, Attn: The Schumaker Boys.

For those outside the county, a GoFundMe campaign has also been created, and support can be provided through this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/angie-schumaker-memorial.

The details on the crash provided by the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are as follows:

The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020, on U.S. Route 224, near County Road 5, in Putnam County.

At approximately 7:13 a.m., a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Angela L. Schumaker, age 39, of Ottawa, was traveling eastbound on U.S. Route 224. A 2005 Dodge Ram, driven by a male Leipsic resident, age 16, was westbound on U.S. Route 224, traveled left of center and struck the Chevrolet head-on. The Chevrolet came to rest on the south side of the roadway and the Dodge came to rest in the middle of the roadway.

Moments later, a secondary crash occurred when a 2009 Freightliner, driven by Richard D. Greene, age 51, of Toledo, was traveling westbound on U.S. Route 224 and struck the Dodge. The 16-year-old male was still inside his vehicle when it was struck by the Freightliner. All damage from the second crash were minimal and there were no additional injuries.

Mrs. Schumaker was pronounced dead at the scene by the Putnam County Coroner. The male Leipsic resident was transported by Ottawa Fire and EMS to Blanchard Valley Hospital for serious injuries. Mr. Greene was not injured.

Mrs. Schumaker and Mr. Greene were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The male Leipsic resident was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Alcohol or drug impairment is not believed to be a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Coroner’s Office, Ohio Department of Transportation, Blanchard Township Gilboa Fire Department, Ottawa Fire and EMS, Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home and Meyer’s Towing Services.

This represents the first fatal car accident in Putnam County since 2018. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to always buckle up and to never drive distracted or impaired.