For Immediate Release
April 1, 2012
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his Office is investigating a two vehicle crash that resulted in the deaths of 4 people. On Saturday evening at 8:17 P.M. the Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of a head on crash on U.S. 127, just south of Clover Four Road.
A 2004 Chevy Venture van driven by Zachary Elliott, age 16, 9995 Conover Road, Versailles, was northbound on US Rte 127. A 1997 Buick LeSabre, driven by Henry Fortkamp, age 76, 1007 Peters Road, Fort Recovery, was southbound on US Rte 127.
Elliott was the sole occupant of the van. The Fortkamp vehicle had 3 other passengers, in the front passenger side was Donald Homan, age 77, 38 Jefferson Street, Burkettsville, in the rear driver’s side seat was Arlene Fortkamp, age 72, wife of Henry, 1007 Peters Road, Fort Recovery, and the in the rear passenger side seat was Rosamary Homan, age 75, wife of Donald, 38 Jefferson Street, Burkettsville.
The investigation of the crash revealed that Elliott’s van veered left of center, for an unknown reason, and struck Fortkamp’s vehicle head on. Mr. Fortkamp was pronounced dead at the scene. Arlene Fortkamp and Rosamary Homan were pronounced dead upon arrival at Mercer Health, and Zachary Elliott was taken to Mercer Health where he was transferred to Dayton via helicopter and was later pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital. Donald Homan is still hospitalized.
The crash remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted on scene by Coldwater and St. Henry Fire Departments, and Squads from Celina, Coldwater, and St. Henry. Deputies were also assisted by personnel from MCERV.