Sandusky couple dead in Lodi crash

SANDUSKY A Sandusky couple was killed Friday afternoon in Wayne County while on their way home from
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

A Sandusky couple was killed Friday afternoon in Wayne County while on their way home from an antique woodworking tool show.

Melvin F. Johnson, 83, and his wife, Joann M. Johnson, 75, were pronounced dead at the scene after their 2007 Pontiac Torrent was hit by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign in rural Canaan Township, according to a report from the Wooster post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The Johnsons were traveling west on Ohio 604 at about 4 p.m. Friday when a 2002 Ford F-150 driven Danny F. Perrine, 51, of Curtice, Ohio, slammed into the driver's side of the couple's vehicle, the report said.

Both vehicles careened into a nearby field where the Pontiac driven by Joann Johnson overturned.

Other drivers who witnessed the accident called 911, said a trooper who could not provide further details.

Perrine was taken to Akron General Lodi Community Hospital where he was treated and released. His wife, Veronica Perrine, 49, was also taken to Akron General Lodi Community Hospital with serious injuries. She was later flown to Aultman Hospital in Canton, where she remained in an intensive care unit late Friday night.

A nephew of Melvin Johnson said his uncle was a retired engineer for General Motors and enjoyed woodworking during his retirement years.

According to the highway patrol report, all four people were wearing seat belts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The highway patrol is still investigating the crash and no charges have been issued.