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Vehicular homicide suspect set to appear in court

Cary Ashby • Dec 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM

A Wakeman driver charged in connection with a two-vehicle fatal crash was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Municipal Court this morning.

Kyle D. Greenwald, 22, of 23 Cecile St., is charged with vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, and operating a vehicle while impaired, a first-degree misdemeanor. He has remained in the Huron County Jail since Friday’s early-morning crash on U.S. 20 near Wakeman Townline Road in Wakeman Township.

“Alcohol is a suspected factor for Mr. Greenwald,” said Lt. Douglas Hamman, Norwalk post commander of the state Highway Patrol.

While Hamman declined to provide further details about possible alcohol usage, he said troopers obtained a blood sample from Greenwald at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The toxicology results are pending.

“All that could take a while,” Hamman added.

The victim is Norwalk resident Todathon E. Wagner, 69, of 2465 Ridge Road. Troopers have said he sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. 

Just after 3 a.m. Friday, 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 Wagner.

“The snowmobile was in the roadway. It stalled out and became disabled,” said Hamman, adding the ultimate destinations of the snowmobile and Greenwald’s truck aren’t factors in the crash.

However, the post commander said troopers may discover that information in subsequent interviews as the investigation continues.

Sgt. Brian Gockstetter, shortly after the crash, said the snowmobile operator, Greenwald’s girlfriend, apparently was crossing the road.

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 patrol crash reconstruction team is attempting to establish the minimum speeds for Greenwald and Wagner’s vehicles. 

“They are working on both vehicles to determine the speed at impact,” Hamman said.

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

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