Prominent Hancock County attorney Ralph Russo was killed in an automobile accident this afternoon near Sandusky. His wife, attorney Nancy Moody-Russo, was critically injured.
The apparent one-car accident occurred at 1:01 p.m. on U.S. 6 in Margaretta Township, Erie County, near Northwest Road, according to the State Highway Patrol.
The patrol said Russo was pronounced dead at the scene.
Moody-Russo was flown by helicopter to the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.
According to the state patrol, Russo was driving his 2007 Lexus sport utility vehicle when it went across the center line and off the side of the road. The vehicle hit a mailbox, a road sign and two trees.
The patrol is still investigating the accident. It said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Both Russo and Moody-Russo were wearing their seat belts, the patrol said.
Russo, 63, was a partner in the Findlay law firm of Betts, Miller & Russo, and specialized in real estate, commercial, corporation and construction law.
Born in New York City, Russo received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Ohio Northern University, Ada, where he was research editor of the law review.
Russo was an assistant prosecutor in Hancock County from 1979 to 1985, and an acting Findlay Municipal Court judge. He was president of the Hancock County Bar Association in 2008.
He also headed the Hancock County Republican Party for 10 and a half years, ending in 2001.
He was also a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
He was attorney for the Findlay Publishing Co., representing it in commercial, open public meetings and open public records matters.
Moody-Russo, 68, is clinical coordinator of the physicians’ assistant program at the University of Findlay. She also holds a law degree from Ohio Northern University.