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Norwalk man killed in head-on crash

Cary Ashby • Updated Dec 18, 2017 at 10:27 AM

(UPDATED at 4:47 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017) WAKEMAN TOWNSHIP — The state Highway Patrol suspects alcohol was a factor in a two-vehicle fatal crash early Friday that killed a Norwalk man.

Kyle D. Greenwald, 22, of 23 Cecile St., Wakeman, is charged with vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, and operating a vehicle while impaired, a first-degree misdemeanor. His bond at the Huron County Jail was set at a total of $105,000.

Greenwald was driving a 2008 GMC 2500 pickup truck east on U.S. 20 when he passed a disabled snowmobile in the westbound lane. He then went left of center and was collided head on with a westbound vehicle, troopers said.

The westbound vehicle was a 2014 Volkswagen Passat, driven by Norwalk resident Todathon E. Wagner, 69, of 2465 Ridge Road. Troopers said he sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

The collision, which remains under investigation, happened at 3:07 a.m. on U.S. 20 near Wakeman Townline Road in Wakeman Township.

“There was a snowmoble stalled in the westbound lanes in Mr. Wagner’s path. It was crossing the road apparently,” Sgt. Brian Gockstetter said.

Troopers believe Greenwald was traveling with the snowmobile operator, his girlfriend, and Greenwald reportedly was blocking an oncoming vehicle from hitting the snowmobile, Gockstetter added.

A trooper witnessed the crash and quickly approached to render aid. A fire subsequently started in the engine compartment of the Volkswagen.

The trooper broke the driver’s side window, allowing Wagner to be removed and then provided CPR until medical personnel arrived.

The smell of alcohol was detected and is suspected to be a factor in the crash, said troopers, who determined neither driver was wearing their seat belt.

The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, Wakeman Fire District, Citizens Ambulance, the Ohio Department of Transportation and towing services from Norb’s North Side Service, Whites Automotive Services and D & K Towing.

Wagner’s son is Chief Deputy Tod Wagner of the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

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(UPDATED at 1:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017) Kyle D. Greenwald is being held in the Huron County on charges of vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while impaired.

Bond is set at $100,000 for the homicide charge (a second-degree felony) and $5,000 for the OVI charge (a first-degree misdemeanor), according to jail records.

Jail records also state that Greenwald’s permitted visitors include his parents, Doug Greenwald and Lori Greenwald, and his girlfriend, Alexis Allread.

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(ORIGINAL post) WAKEMAN TOWNSHIP — The state Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal, head-on crash that killed a Norwalk man early this morning.

The deceased is Todathon E. Wagner, 69, of 2465 Ridge Road, said Sgt. Brian Gockstetter, of the state Highway Patrol. His son is Huron County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tod Wagner.

“There was a snowmoble stalled in the westbound lanes in Mr. Wagner’s path. It was crossing the road apparently,” Gockstetter said.

A vehicle was eastbound on U.S. 20. Gockstetter said the driver was Kyle Greenwald, 22, of 23 Cecile St., Wakeman, whose girlfriend was on the snowmobile, and Greenwald reportedly was blocking an oncoming vehicle from hitting the snowmobile.

“Apparently they were traveling together,” the trooper added.

Greenwald passed the snowmobile and went left of center and hit the westbound vehicle driven by Todathon Wagner head-on, Gockstetter said. 

The crash happened at 3:07 a.m. today on U.S. 20 near Wakeman Townline Road in Wakeman Township.

Greenwald initially was charged with driving under the influence and transported to the Huron County Jail. Additional charges are pending.

Look for more information at the Reflector as it becomes available.

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