ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP — Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies are continuing their investigation into a cause of a crash that took two lives in the 6100 block of East State Route 41 on Monday evening.
Sheriff Dave Duchak said the crash was reported at 5:26 p.m. by a passerby.
Among the first individuals on the scene was a nurse, according to early radio traffic. She reported to Miami County 911 dispatchers there were two victims, neither of which had a pulse and they could not be reached in order to perform CPR.
Medics from Elizabeth Township and fire units from Christiansburg, along with sheriff’s office deputies arrived minutes later.
Both drivers, the only occupants of the vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Duchak said the investigation shows that a Jeep SUV, driven by Wade A. Zunk, 58, of Bradford, was traveling westbound on State Route 41, while a white Chevrolet Express van, operated by Christopher S. Lundy, 63, of Troy, was eastbound when for an unknown reason, Zunk’s Jeep drifted left of center into the path of the van, causing a head-on collision.
There was no sign of braking by either vehicle, Duchak said. Lundy was wearing his seat belt, however Zunk was not wearing one.
Both bodies were transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for autopsy by order of Miami County Coroner Dr. William Ginn. The crash will remain under investigation until the results of the toxicology reports are back, which are expected to take six to eight weeks, Duchak said.
Duchak said this was the second fatal crash in Miami County in 2019. The first fatal accident was on Feb. 7 on State Route 202 and Ebberts Road. The driver, Kazuhiro Sagara, 47, of Troy, was trapped in an overturned car in high water. He later passed away from the incident.