CELINA, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash. Mercer County 9-1-1 received several calls at 5:39 PM advising of a crash at the intersection of State Route 29 and State Route 118 (North).
The investigation revealed that Michelle R Bruns, age 36, of 2243 State Route 716 Maria Stein Ohio was driving a 2010 Lexus southbound on State Route 118. Thomas L. Sims Jr, age 36, of 6123 East 26th Street Indianapolis Indiana was driving a 2005 Freightliner semi-tractor and trailer west bound on State Route 29.
Brun’s vehicle traveled through the posted stop sign and collided with the semi-tractor trailer. Bruns’s vehicle became lodged under the tractor trailer and was dragged west of the intersection. Both vehicles came to rest on State Route 29, west of the intersection.
Thomas Sims was not injured in the crash. Bruns was pronounced dead on the scene.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Celina Fire Department, Motor Carrier Enforcement Division, and Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers.