Archbold, OH

Delta Principal Dies After Crash

Services were yesterday, Tuesday, for Cory Sprow, 38, Delta, principal of Delta Elementary School.

Sprow, who had also been the Delta head boys basketball coach, died Thursday, Jan. 3, from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Sprow has family ties to the Archbold area.


Fulton County Sheriff Department deputies were still wrapping up details of the report on Monday, Jan. 7, but preliminary information states at about 3:22 pm that Wednesday, Sprow was driving a sport-utility east on US20A, between Co. Rds. 4 and 5.

The vehicle struck a patch of ice and went out of control. It crossed the centerline and was struck on the passenger side by a westbound pickup truck driven by Matthew Trumbell, 18, Swanton.

Tracy Zuver, a FCSD sergeant, said Sprow’s vehicle was pushed off the north side of the road toward a deep ditch. The driver-side wheels caught in wet sod and the vehicle rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch.

It was originally announced Sprow was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred; an update released Thursday, Jan. 10 by Roy Miller, Fulton County Sheriff, states after an analysis of the Sprow vehicle’s airbag control module by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it was determined that Sprow was wearing his seatbelt.- (updated 3:35 pm, 1.10.13)

Passengers, Rescue

Zuver said Sprow’s daughters, Ally, 9, and Kendall, 6 were passengers in the SUV. There were two passengers in the Trumbell pickup: Zachary Trumbell, 20, Swanton, and Kyle Herrin, 21, Toledo.

Fulton County paramedic units from Delta, Wauseon, and Swanton responded to the crash, as did rescue squads from Delta, Swanton and Metamora.

Cory Sprow was transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center, where he remained until his death.

His daughters were taken to Toledo Children’s Hospital; they have since been discharged.

Matthew Trumbell and Herrin were taken to UTMC; details on their conditions were not available. Zachery Trumbell was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, with minor injuries.

School Response

Jay LeFevre, superintendent of the Pike-Delta-York school district, said district officials took a proactive approach to dealing with Sprow’s death.

All school staff members were contacted by telephone, Friday, Jan. 4. There was a crisis team meeting, followed by a staff meeting that day.

In addition to PDY’s crisis team, a team was brought in from the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center. Counselors from those teams were available in the schools.

Following the accident, LeFevre said Randy Lintermoot, a former principal and member of PDY’s administrative team, was appointed interim elementary principal.

LeFevre said he spent Monday morning in all three Delta schools. He said, “Things are going well, or as can be expected. The work we did Friday prepared us.”

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