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Woman Killed In ATV Crash Saturday



Clarissa Short, 19, rural Fayette, died in an all-terrain vehicle accident in a field in the 9000 block of Co. Rd. 19, Saturday, Oct. 18.

Justin Nofziger, 11, rural Fayette, also injured in the crash, was released from the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Monday, Oct. 20.

Darrell Merillat, Fulton County Sheriff, said Monday that deputies are still investigating the crash, which occurred about 12:43 pm.

The original FCSD report on the mishap states Short was a passenger on the four-wheel ATV which was driven by Nofziger. The ATV was traveling east through soybean stubble, when it went out of control. Both Short and Nofziger were thrown from the vehicle.

Neither was wearing a helmet.

Helicopters

Andy Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department chief, said he and other units were originally summoned to an auto accident at Co. Rd. 19 and Co. Rd. H or H-J. When rescue crews began arriving, a bystander directed rescuers into the field.

A helicopter ambulance was called. Brodbeck said the first helicopter on the scene was painted in Air Care markings, based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

A Life Flight crew jumped out of the aircraft, and went to work.

Brodbeck said at the time, he didn’t ask why a Life Flight crew was flying an Air Care helicopter.

A second air ambulance was called, and a helicopter in Life Flight colors landed in the field. Nofziger was put aboard that aircraft and flown to St. Vs.

Short was pronounced dead at the scene.

Brodbeck said Fulton County paramedics, rescue workers, and the helicopter crews "went through every avenue they could to give her a chance."

Not Archbold’s Call

The crash occurred on the east side of Co. Rd. 19, which is technically covered by the Wauseon Rescue Squad.

Brodbeck said he didn’t realize that fact until questioned about it on Monday.

"I never even paid attention to that," Brodbeck said.

He speculated that Fulton County Sheriff Department dispatchers got incomplete information when the first call came in, and dispatched Archbold Rescue thinking the crash was in the Archbold area.

"Instead of wasting time trying to get the exact address, they called us," Brodbeck said.

He said instances of one department answering calls in another’s territory "has never been an issue."- David Pugh



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