Update: Rural crash kills Wapak man

LOGAN TOWNSHIP — A Wapakoneta man was pronounced dead at the scene after a crash involving a golf cart and a Jeep at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the intersection of Conant and Monroe Roads in Logan Township, northwest of Buckland.

“We found that a golf cart had failed to yield from a stop sign to an oncoming vehicle,” said Sergeant Kristina Bennett with the Wapakoneta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Bennett said the driver of the golf cart, Wilbur L. Hager, 81, of Wapakoneta, was traveling eastbound on Monroe Road and the driver of the black 4-door Jeep, Lu Ann Monroe, 60, of Wapakoneta, was traveling southbound on Conant Road. Monroe attempted to swerve away from the golf cart, but could not avoid the collision, Bennett said.

After striking the vehicle, the golf cart turned over, trapping Hager underneath the cart. First responders lifted the golf cart off Hager to provide medical attention. The Auglaize County Coroner, Dr. Thomas Freytag arrived at the scene and pronounced Hager deceased.

Monroe and two child passengers in her vehicle, Sarah Munson, 8, and Katie Munson, 5, were not injured. Bennett said Monroe is not facing any charges at this time.

Officials said Hager’s family was notified of the death.

Buckland Fire and EMS and Cridersville EMS responded to the scene of the crash.

Bennett said the body was transported to the morgue at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta. The crash remains under investigation.

Bennett said drivers need to stay cautious while traveling in any type of vehicle on the roadway.

“Remind people that even if they’re not in a traditional motor vehicle, they still need to obey the traffic laws so that tragedies like this can be avoided,” Bennett said.

No matter what type of vehicle, Bennett said, anytime two traffic vehicles come together there is a potential for fatal consequences.