Archbold, OH

Two Archbold Boys Killed In Separate Auto Accidents

Local Ministerial Association Supports School In Wake Of Two Student Deaths

Two 17-year-old Archbold boys were killed in separate automobile-related accidents last week.

Joshua W. Stanford died after he was struck by a car on Co. Rd. F east of St. Rt. 66, Wednesday, April 4, at about 8:45 pm.

Almost 48 hours later, at about 7:38 pm, Friday, April 6, Anthony W. McCoy, Jr., died as a result of injuries he received in a two-vehicle accident on US20 in Fulton County’s Amboy Township.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol report on the April 4 mishap states Stanford was walking in the roadway when he was struck by a westbound car driven by Peter A. Dinius, 27, Archbold.

ALS-1, the Archboldbased paramedic unit, and Archbold Rescue responded to the call. A helicopter ambulance landed nearby, but Stanford was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not transported.

William N. Bowers, an OSHP lieutenant and commander of the Toledo OSHP post, said the accident reconstruction unit was called to investigate.

Bowers said as of Monday, he could confirm that Stanford was in the roadway when struck, but could not say exactly where in the roadway.

He said as of Monday, no charges had been filed against Dinius.


McCoy was a rear-seat passenger in a car traveling west on US20 driven by Anthony W. McCoy, Sr., 44. A third passenger in the car was Loraine C. McCoy, 44. All are of Archbold.

Ruth A. Adair, 69, Berkey, was driving a sport-utility vehicle east on the highway. At about 7:38 pm, she attempted to miss a second eastbound vehicle, which was trying to make a left turn onto Co. Rd. 2.

Adair’s sport-utility went left of the centerline and struck the left rear of the McCoy car. The McCoy car went off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times. Anthony Mc- Coy Jr. was ejected.

Anthony McCoy, Sr., and Loraine McCoy were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Anthony McCoy Jr. was not wearing one.

Rescue units, including a helicopter ambulance, responded.

Anthony McCoy Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anthony McCoy Sr. and Loraine McCoy were transported by helicopter to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. He was treated and released; she was discharged from St. Vs, Saturday, April 7.

Adair was taken by a Fulton County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Flower Hospital, Sylvania. She was treated and released.

Bowers said OSHP accident reconstruction specialists are conducting an investigation of the Friday evening accident.

Both mishaps are under investigation.

The Archbold Ministerial Association came to the aid of the Archbold Area School District after two AHS juniors died in separate auto accidents last week.

Joshua W. Stanford, rural Archbold, was struck by a car while walking on Co. Rd. F, east of St. Rt. 66 about 8:45 pm, Wednesday, April 4.

Anthony W. McCoy Jr., Archbold, was a passenger in a car involved in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of US20 and Co. Rd. 2 about 7:38 pm, Friday, April 6.

Both 17-year-old boys were pronounced dead at the scene of the accidents.

David Deskins, Archbold Area School District superin- tendent, said there was a meeting between school offi- cials and several members of the ministerial association Monday morning.

During the meeting, members of the association said they were willing to clear their calendars and be available to counsel students during the day.

Deskins said both school officials and the ministers were in agreement that students should have access to counselors if they felt the need.

He said several ministers were at the Archbold Middle School where there were siblings, relatives, and other friends of the boys.

Other clergymen stood by at the high school, ready to work with high school counselors to support students and staff members.

Over the weekend, Deskins said school district officials were in communication, by telephone and personal meeting, with each other and with officials at the Four County Career Center, where Stanford was a student.

There was no school at Four County Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 13.

In addition, Deskins said he was in touch with the families of the boys and members of the school staff.

“Our school community is in mourning, and our deepest sympathies go out to the families,” he said.

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