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Linda St. John Death – On Monday, the victim of a crash that took place the previous week in Marion was revealed to be Stanwood resident Linda St. John, 72 years old. According to a news release from the Marion Police Department, St. John was struck by a semi-truck that was going westbound on Highway 100 when she was turning eastbound on Highway 100 from the southbound turn lane of East Post Road around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Zachary Schemming, who was driving the semi, was issued a citation for failing to obey a traffic control device. Schemming is from Racine, Wisconsin.

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Following a one-car collision in Marion County on Monday night, two kids are dead and three others are hurt. The 2009 Honda Odyssey the mother was driving reportedly veered off an embankment and into a pond near the intersection of Whetstone River and Roberts roads in Claridon Township, resulting in a one-car collision that injured a lady and her four children. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call shortly after 9 p.m. alerted dispatchers that something was wrong. Before the line went dead, dispatchers could hear screams in the background but could not understand the call. Dispatchers received two more calls from the vicinity of Whetstone River and Roberts roads, and they identified the callers as passengers in a car that was submerged in water.

According to a news release from Marion County Sheriff Matt Bayles, “this is an unthinkable tragedy that happened last night.” Every first responder’s worst dread comes true when they arrive at a situation like this. The OSHP said the woman drove through the Roberts Road intersection without stopping. The car careened off the left side of the road, hit a small tree, went airborne off of an embankment and landed on a bank of a small pond. The automobile then rolled into the pond, quickly filling with water. According to the sheriff’s office, a firefighter climbed on top of the van after swimming out to it on a paddleboard. The van was completely buried save for its roof. He used a baseball bat to smash a window, and as deputies swam out to assist him, they extricated three people from the car.

According to the sheriff’s office, emergency responders chained the car and used a fire department vehicle to tow it closer to the coast. The other two occupants were then removed from the car, and medical treatment began immediately. A 2-year-old was pronounced dead at Marion General Hospital after the five victims were admitted there. According to the sheriff’s office, the mother, 30, and three kids, aged 4, 7, and 9, were taken to hospitals in the Columbus, Ohio, region for treatment. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the 4-year-old was pronounced dead; the mother and the other children are in critical condition. According to the OSHP, all victims were using seatbelts, and two of them were in booster seats.

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