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Ottawa councilman resigns following double-fatal crash

OTTAWA — An Ottawa councilman has resigned after his involvement in a double-fatal crash.

Alan J. Ducey, 59, of Ottawa, left his position following the three-vehicle accident Friday on Ohio 65 in Putnam County that killed two Columbus Grove women.

Ducey emailed a brief resignation letter to the village law director at 10 p.m. Friday.

“In lieu of today’s tragic event I would like to resign immediately from Ottawa village council. I am so sorry if I have brought any trouble,” he wrote.

Ducey’s term was set to expire at the end of 2017.

Ducey at about 2:30 p.m. Friday drove left of center on Ohio 65 near Road 9K to avoid striking stopped traffic. He collided head-on with a Buick, according to the Lima post of the State Highway Patrol.

Driver Christine A. Hayden, 62, and passenger Joan M. Beam, 85, were killed in the crash, according to the post.

Ducey’s vehicle was struck from behind. He was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries at St. Rita’s Medical Center, according to the post.

The State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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