Man dies in single-car crash

Accident happens near his home

By Melody Vallieu

BETHEL TOWNSHIP — A man driving his historic hot rod died in a crash near his home Sunday afternoon.

According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Whaley, Frederick Seibert, 64, of Tipp City, was driving his 1964 Ford Falcon on Cobaugh Road in Bethel Township on Sunday when he lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and slid sideways into a tree on the passenger side, according to a sheriff’s office crash reconstructionist.

The incident occurred at 1:09 p.m., and Seibert died of apparent injuries sustained in the accident.

Whaley said Seibert was extracted from the vehicle Bethel EMS and Fire and the first responders began life-saving procedures. EMS had pronounced him dead and then were able to bring him back for a short period of time. However, when CareFlight arrived, they pronounced him dead, Whaley said.

Seibert was alone in the vehicle, according to Whaley, and he did not know if he was wearing his seat belt.

No drugs or alcohol are suspected in the accident.

“We don’t know if it was a medical condition that caused it beforehand or not,” Whaley said.

Bethel Fire and EMS, sheriff’s deputies and the reconstructionist and CareFlight all were at the scene.

Accident happens near his home

Reach Melody Vallieu at (937) 552-2131

Reach Melody Vallieu at (937) 552-2131