May 14, 2017

Wapakoneta woman dies in Van Wert county accident Sunday afternoon

News Release



Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach released that his Office is investigating a fatal traffic collision that occurred on Sunday May 14, 2017.  Sheriff Riggenbach stated the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 11:45am of a two vehicle collision on State Route 81 between Willshire Eastern Rd. and State Route 49 North.


A 2009 Volkswagen EOS driven by Michael Schlenker age 67 of Wapakoneta and a 2012 Honda Civic driven by Stephanie Wysong age 32 of Willshire were involved in the collision.  The collision appeared to be head on between the vehicles, based on evidence at the scene.  The Honda Civic came to rest on the roadway and the Volkswagen came to rest in a yard along the road.  Both vehicle sustained heavy damage.


A passenger in the Volkswagen, Joyce Schlenker age 57 of Wapakoneta, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by Van Wert County Coroner Dr. Scott Jarvis.  Ms. Schlenker was transported to the Van Wert County Hospital by Wren EMS.  The driver of the Volkswagen, Michael Schlenker was taken to Lutheran Hospital by Lutheran Air.


The driver of the Honda Civic, Stephanie Wysong age 32 of Willshire, was transported to Parkview Hospital by Mercy Health Life flight.  There were 2 passengers in the Honda Civic, a boy age 12 and a boy age 7.  Both of the children were transported to Parkview Hospital by Samaritan helicopter.  The condition of the all the injured was last listed as critical.


Both drivers and all passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.  Sheriff Riggenbach said the investigation of the accident is continuing.


Assisting at the scene were Wren Fire and EMS, Willshire Fire Dept., Ohio City EMS, Rockford EMS, Convoy EMS, Van Wert EMS, Van Wert EMA and 2A’s Auto.

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