2 dead, several injured in Wood County crash

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WESTON (WTOL) - Two people are dead and at least another five are in the hospital after a violent car crash Sunday evening , October 5.

It happened on Sand Ridge at Potter Rd. near Weston in Wood County.

Wood County deputies tell us a speeding car carrying several people including an infant slammed into the back of a family's van. The collision sent that van into a tree. Our media partner the Toledo Blade reports the car overturned and caught fire.

From the Blade:

The minivan driven by Shelene Stevens, 43, also of Weston, was westbound on Sand Ridge near Potter Road when it was struck by a westbound car driven by Cory Waltz, 19, of McClure, Ohio, the patrol said.

Minivan passengers

Sharon Dewitt, 69, and William Dewitt, 69, who were passengers in the minivan, were pronounced dead at the scene, troopers at the Ohio Highway Patrol's Bowling Green post said.

Shayne Stevens, 3, of Weston, who was secured in a child safety seat in the van, was taken to Wood County Hospital, where the toddler's condition was being withheld.

Also injured in the crash was Sharlene Stevens, the driver of the van.

Car passengers

Domanic Mendoza, 16 months, of McClure, Ohio, who was not secured in a child safety seat in the car, was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition Monday morning, a hospital spokesman said.

Also injured in the crash were:

  • Cory Waltz, 19, of McClure, the driver of the car
  • passenger Trinity Jay, 16, also of Weston
  • passenger Roger Lamberts, 19, of Bowling Green
  • passenger Alivia Baron, 15, whose address was not released.

They were transported to area hospitals, where their conditions were not immediately available.

Police chase

Several occupants of the car fled on foot after the crash. All were later located, except Mendoza the driver , troopers said.
The crash remains under investigation.