Wakeman, Amherst men seriously injured in Henrietta Twp. crash

Two drivers were seriously injured Friday night in a crash involving three vehicles on Ohio 113 in Henrietta Township.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 12, 2013


According to troopers investigating the crash, Timothy O'Brien, 43, of Wakeman, was westbound on Ohio 113 in a 1994 F350 dump truck when he stopped to turn left into a private drive at 6:18 p.m.

Michael Durkalec, 41, of Wakeman, was also traveling west on Ohio 113 in a 2005 Subaru Forester. Durkalec failed to slow down behind the dump truck and attempted to pass it. He side-swiped the truck and drove left of center, striking an eastbound 2006 Ford F150 head-on.

The Subaru came to a rest in the middle of the roadway. The Ford F150, driven by Brent Leimbach, 33, of Amherst, went off the south side of the road and came to a rest in a yard.

Leimbach was trapped in the truck and had to be extricated by medical personnel. He was taken to Cleveland Metro hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Durkalec was flown by medical helicopter to Cleveland Metro hospital where he is in "extremely critical condition," according to troopers.

O'Brien was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. Seatbelt use and alcohol or drug use are unknown at this time.




Cell phone?


I don't know about a cell phone. I was wondering if the dump truck had good tail and brake lights. Some times trucks get so dirty that the tail lights are almost impossible to see. Maybe Mr. Durkalec was following to close. It doesn't matter the reason this accident happened, I just hope all involved recover from it.


When driving always pay attention...too many around you don't.