Five family members killed in Fulton County crash

Published: Mar. 27, 2022 at 8:03 AM EDT
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CLINTON TWP, Ohio (WTVG) - Five people, including three children, died after a car crash in Fulton County Saturday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened Saturday night at 11:48 p.m. on County Road 14 at County Road H in Clinton Township.

Investigator said Zane Hull, 21, of Delta, Ohio caused the crash when he failed to yield the right of way as he was heading eastbound on County Road H and hit Muriel Michael, 28, of Wauseon, who was driving southbound on County Road 14.

Michael was flown to Toledo Hospital with life-threatening injuries, state troopers said. She passed away Monday night. All four people killed were passengers in her car.

Hull’s injuries aren’t life-threatening, troopers said.

Xavier Brown, 25, and Deklin Jankowski, 9, of Wauseon, died at the scene. Two other children who were in Michael’s car were flown to Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center but did not survive. Those two were Aurora Michael, 7, and Riggs Brown, 1.

Two of the students were students at Evergreen Elementary, according to Superintendent Eric J. Smola.

“Today’s loss of two Evergreen Elementary students and their family members is devastating to the Viking community,” Smola. “On behalf of Evergreen Local Schools, our hearts, prayers, and condolences go out to all who were involved in the tragic auto accident. In addition to its counseling team, Evergreen will also have therapy dogs and counselors from neighboring school districts and agencies available this week to help our students and staff cope with this incredibly sad loss.”

Everyone except Xavier Brown was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Morenci Fire Department, and Wauseon Fire Department assisted at the scene. Hull was driving a 2013 Jeep Wrangler, while Michael was driving a 2013 BMW 5 series, according to OSHP.

The crash remains under investigation.

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