Fremont teen released from hospital after head-on crash

A Fremont teen has been released from the hospital after suffering injuries Monday night in a two-vehicle crash that killed his grandmother and a Fremont man.
Shawn Foucher
Dec 25, 2013
Zackary Zimmerman, 15, was released late Monday from Fremont Memorial Hospital.

His grandmother, Evelyn Hunt, 57, of Fremont, died at about 7:30 p.m. Monday after her Dodge Dakota was struck head-on by a Kia Optima that was driving in the wrong lanes of the U.S. 6/U.S. 20 bypass just north of Fremont, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said.

The wrong-way driver — Charles Starks, 61, of Fremont — was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said they suspect alcohol may have played a role. Sandusky County dispatchers began receiving calls at about 7:22 p.m. from motorists who spotted Starks’ Kia headed east in the westbound lanes of the bypass. His Kia slammed head-on into Hunt’s Dodge pickup just west of the U.S. 6 bridge.

Hunt’s husband of 39 years, John Hunt, of Fremont, said Zackary is one of their 14 grandchildren.

He spoke little of the crash on Tuesday morning, and instead focused on letting folks know about the remarkable woman he called his wife.

“She couldn’t have been a better person,” he said. “She was always happy, always cared about everybody, always had a smile on her face. Nothing seemed to bother her”

The two met when they were in high school in West Liberty, Ky.

“Her smile, she always had it,” John said. “She was always telling me, ‘Laugh, and don’t worry about it.’ I’m an old worry wart — I worried, she didn’t. She always had that smile on her face”

The two moved to Ohio in 1987 when John got a job here. They have three daughters and 14 grandchildren, and Zackary is the oldest grandson.

Evelyn worked at Bethesda Care Center for 26 years, most recently as a laundry and housekeeping supervisor.

When the two of them weren’t working, they were spending time with grandkids, or just sitting and chatting as they watched reruns of “Law and Order” on TV.

“She was a fine lady” John said. “I sure didn’t want to give her up”

Evelyn will be buried in West Liberty, Ky.




What a sad and senseless accident. Kay was a very nice woman and devoted mother. It's just a tragedy to lose someone like her, it makes it worse being so close to the holidays. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, god bless you all.