Willard man dies from crash injuries

Driver injured in Tuesday morning collision with semi on Ohio 61
Jessica Cuffman
Dec 6, 2013

A Willard man injured in a Tuesday morning crash died from his injuries Thursday evening, according to a news release from the Norwalk post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol

Leslie Smith, 69, was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan west on Townline Road 12, when the van failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Ohio 61 and went into the path of a southbound tractor trailer.

The R&L 2002 MAC Tractor Trailer, driven by Ocal Steward, 61, of Greenwich, struck the van and forced it off the road, where it came to a stop in a field.

Smith was trapped inside the van, until Willard firefighters extracted him and he was taken by medical helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Center.

Steward, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured in the crash, but his truck was towed from the scene.

He died Thursday evening.