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Findlay child killed in car-truck crash

CAREY — A 20-month-old Findlay infant was killed and her parents injured in a car-truck crash Tuesday morning on U.S. 23 at County Highway 97, south of Carey, the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.

At 5:44 a.m. Tuesday, a sheriff’s deputy came upon a crash on U.S. 23. A 2002 Honda Accord, driven by Michelle N. Weatherholtz, 21, of Findlay, was southbound on U.S. 23 and slowed to make a right turn onto County Highway 97, the sheriff’s office said. A southbound 2001 Mack tractor-trailer, driven by Frank W. Bauer IV, 43, of Hamilton, was also southbound and struck the Accord in the rear, the sheriff’s office said.

The Accord was pushed off the south side of the road by the impact, while the tractor-trailer came to a stop along the side of the road.

Michelle Weatherholtz and two passengers, Cody N. Weatherholtz, 21, and Candase R. Weatherholtz, 20 months old, both of Findlay, were injured and were taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital by Wyandot County EMS, the sheriff’s office said.

Candase Weatherholtz was pronounced dead at the hospital. Michelle Weatherholtz was later transferred to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, the sheriff’s office said.

Bauer was not injured.

Criminal charges are being considered by the Upper Sandusky Municipal Prosecutor’s Office, and the crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the State Highway Patrol.

Assisting at the accident scene were Carey Fire Department, Wyandot County Jaws and the State Highway Patrol.


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