Cardington man dies in crash

CLARIDON TOWNSHIP — A Cardington man died and two people were injured in a car crash near the Marion-Morrow county line Thursday evening, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Merrill Carpenter, 78, died of his injuries after a 2014 Dodge Dart driven by Emily Ulsh, 34, of Caledonia, struck the car in which he was a passenger at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ohio 95 and Ohio 746, according to a news release.

Carol Carpenter, 74, of Cardington, was driving a 2015 Honda Civic east on Ohio 95, with Merrill Carpenter in the passenger seat, when Ulsh failed to stop at a stop sign while heading south on Ohio 746, according to the release.

Both cars went off the road into a corn field, the release says. All three people were taken to Marion General Hospital with serious injuries. Merrill Carpenter was flown to Miami Valley Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The Patrol is investigating the crash. The patrol was assisted on scene by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, First Consolidated Fire District, Pleasant Township Fire Department and Marion Township Fire Department.

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