1 dead, 4 injured in head-on collision

Staff Writer

Decatur Daily Democrat

    A Wapakoneta, Ohio, woman was killed and four others — including two children — were critically injured in a head-on collision Sunday just east of Willshire.
    According to the Van Wert County Sheriff's Department, a 2009 Volkswagen Eos — driven by Michael Schlenker, 67, of Wapakoneta — collided with a 2012 Honda Civic — Stephanie Wysong, 32, of Willshire at 11:45 a.m. on Ohio S.R. 81, between Willshire Eastern Road and Ohio S.R. 49 North.
    Both cars were destroyed in the crash, police said, with the Volkswagon coming to rest in the yard of a nearby home, while the Honda came to rest on the road.
    A passenger in the Volkswagon, Joyce Schlenker, 57, Wapakoneta, was pronounced dead on the scene by Van Wert County Coroner Dr. Scott Jarvis.
    Michael Schlenker was flown by helicopter to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.    
    Wysong and her two passengers — a 12-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy — were flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
    Those injured were still listed in critical condition Sunday evening.
    It is not yet known what caused the crash, however police said alcohol is not believed to be a factor. All occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts, according to police.
    This crash remains under investigation.