2018-06-13 / Public Record

Area Girls Injured In June 1 Crash

Sisters Kaitlin and Kara Schnitkey, 14 and 12, were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Adams-Ridge Road south of Allen Road in Defiance County about 1:58 pm, Friday, June 1.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officials give a Napoleon address for the Schnitkeys. The sisters attend Archbold schools.

The two were riding in a sport-utility vehicle driven by Kendyl R. Snow, 16, Defiance.

OSHP troopers say the SUV was traveling south when it went off the right side of the road. Snow overcorrected, and went off the right side of the road a second time, struck a telephone box, then rolled over and came to rest in a field.


Snow and Kara Schnitkey were flown by helicopter ambulances to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo. OSHP officials say they have since been released.

Kaitlin Schnitkey was taken by ground ambulance to Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Assisting at the scene were fire-rescue squads from Ridgeville and Napoleon, the Defiance County Sheriff Department, and Defiance County Emergency Management.

Seat Belts

Robert J. Ashenfelter, commander of the Defiance post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said all three girls were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The belts “drastically reduced” the injuries the girls suffered in the crash.

“If they were not wearing their restraints, we would have had deceased subjects,” he said.

Snow was charged in Defiance County Juvenile Court with failure to control and violating the rules of her temporary driver license.

Ashenfelter said 16-yearolds can only carry one other passenger not related to them until they reach the age of 17.

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