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OTTAWA — A prosecutor continues to review the investigation against a former village councilman involved in a crash that killed two women in June.


No charges have been filed against Alan “Jeff” Ducey, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol has turned the case over to the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office for a decision. A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said Thursday the case remains under review.


The crash happened June 6 on state Route 65 near Road 9K in Ottawa Township. The 59-year-old Ducey was driving north on state Route 65 when he encountered stopped traffic. Christine Hayden, 62, of Columbus Grove, was driving south on state Route 65 approaching the intersection, the state patrol reported.


Ducey drove left of center to avoid hitting the stopped vehicles ahead of him and struck Hayden’s vehicle head-on. Hayden and a passenger, her 85-year-old mother, Joan Beam, of Columbus Grove, were both killed, the patrol reported.


Ducey was hurt in the crash but did not have life-threatening injuries.


Ducey issued an email to village officials resigning his seat just hours after the crash saying, “I am so sorry if I have brought any trouble.” He was elected in November and began his first term on council in January.


Christine Hayden’s husband, David Hayden, has filed a lawsuit against Ducey and the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities seeking more than $25,000.


The lawsuit accuses Ducey of violating traffic laws while operating his vehicle leading to the collision. It said Ducey was operating the vehicle while he was working for the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The lawsuit said Hayden suffered physical pain and mental anguish until she died.


David Hayden said he incurred $20,000 in medical bills and $10,000 in funeral expenses from his wife’s death. Hayden also is suing on behalf of his children and next of kin.


Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Randall Basinger recused himself from the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Basinger did not elaborate on that reason when stepping aside. Judge John Collier, of Henry County, was assigned to handle the case.


The case has been assigned for an Oct. 8 pretrial.


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