2nd victim dies from injuries in Darke County crash

A second person has died in a Thursday morning Darke County crash that killed an 86-year-old man and injured two others.

Harold Evans, 86, of Fort Recovery, was pronounced dead at the scene and Coty Alderman, 27, of Troy, was critically injured and succumbed to his injuries while at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary investigation shows a 2015 Honda Accord driven by Alderman was headed west on Hunter Road just before 8 a.m. when he failed to yield the right of way at the state Route 49 intersection in Greenville Twp., according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Alderman’s car was struck on the passenger side when it traveled into the path of a 2014 Ford E-350 transit van headed south on south state Route 49 driven by 74-year-old Rex Zizelman of Celina.

The impact forced both vehicles off the roadway before coming to rest on the southwest side of the intersection, deputies said.

Alderman had to be freed from his car. He and Zizelman were taken to Wayne Health in Greenville and transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s office.

A front seat passenger in the van, Roxine Beals, 53, of Celina, also had to be freed from the wreckage. She was taken to Wayne Health and transferred to Miami Valley Hospital, where she was reported in stable condition.

Evans, a rear passenger of the van, was ejected during the crash and pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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