Ottawa Council member resigns after accident



OTTAWA — An Ottawa councilman has resigned after his involvement in a traffic accident last weekend that resulted in two deaths.

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.

According to the Lima post of the State Highway Patrol, Ducey driving on Ohio 65 near Ottawa at about 2:30 p.m. Friday when he drove left of center to avoid striking stopped traffic. His car collided head on with another car, according to the patrol.

The driver of that car, Christine A. Hayden, 62, and her mother, Joan M. Beam, 85, were killed in the crash, according to the post.

The Hayden car was struck from behind following the head-on collision.

Ducey 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, and no charges have been filed as of Monday.



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