Morrow County crash leaves one dead, two in hospital

Staff Report

Brenda K. Cook, 61, of Mount Gilead, died after being struck by a truck in Congress Township.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol report the accident happened around 6 p.m. July 12 at the corner of U.S. 42 and State Route 19.

According to a news release from the Mount Gilead post of the The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Fred DeMatteis, 70, of Cardington, was driving southeast on SR 19 when he failed to stop at a stop sign.

His Ford truck struck a Freightliner truck driven by Stoney Hall, 43, of Mount Gilead, which forced the Freightliner off the right side of U. S. 42.

The Freightliner hit Cook, who was walking to her vehicle at the time.

Officials say DeMatteis was taken by MedFlight to Grant Medical Center. Hall was taken to Morrow County Hospital, and later transported to Grant Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown.

Cook was pronounced dead at the scene by the Morrow County Coroner.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident. The incident is under investigation.

Staff Report