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Darke County Sheriff
Fatal accident on US 36 East

On January 31, 2017 at approximately 5:07 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 9000 block of US RT 36 East in reference to a two vehicle head on injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 2015 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Christan M. Thomas (34) Troy, Ohio was traveling westbound on US RT 36 when she traveled left of the center line to pass the vehicle in front of her. Ms. Thomas collided head on with an eastbound 2007 gray Honda Element driven by Bret J. Baumann (49) Troy, Ohio. The collision caused Baumann’s vehicle to strike a third vehicle which was a westbound 2007 black Ford Escape driven by Victoria M. Hale (25) Portland, Indiana that Ms. Thomas was attempting to pass.

Ms. Thomas was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Gettysburg Rescue where she was treated and released, her adult male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Baumann was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in serious condition. Ms. Hale was treated and released from the scene.

The front seat passenger who succumbed to his injuries at the scene was identified as Tyler J. Baumgardner 23, of Troy, Ohio. Baumgardner was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. 

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team and the Darke County Coroner’s Investigator also responded to the scene for further investigation.

Illegal narcotics were located at the scene and could be a factor in the accident.

This accident marks the first fatal accident on Darke County roadways in 2017.

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