Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced that his office is presently investigating a fatal accident on State Route 29 near Harris Road. A caller at 6:59 AM today advised he was driving a hydraulic crane and was struck in the rear.
The investigation shows that a crane driven by Bryan Hirschfeld, age 62 of 8259 Mercer-Auglaize County Road stopped at the southbound stop sign on Harris Rd., and pulled onto State Route 29 westbound. The investigation further shows that a westbound 2003 Honda driven by Heather McCormick, age 40 of 7495 Staeger Road, Celina, struck the crane in the rear. Ms. McCormick was pronounced deceased at the scene by Mercer County Coroner Timothy Heinrichs.
The accident remains under investigation. Deputies at the scene were assisted by the Celina Fire Department, Celina EMS and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.