Man in wheelchair on U.S. 250 killed

He was crossing at Strub Road when struck by car
Dec 16, 2013

A man thrown from his wheelchair Sunday when he was struck in the crosswalk at Strub Road and U.S. 250 died from the injuries he sustained, the State Patrol reported. 

Harry L. Kimberlin, 67, died at Mercy St. Vincent hospital in Toledo. 
Kimberlin was eastbound in the motorized wheelchair when he was ejected from it after being struck by a westbound 2013 Audi. He was responsive when paramedics arrived to treat him, the Patrol said, but later succumbed to his injuries after being flown from Fireland Regional Medical Center, where he was taken immediately after the accident. 
Donald Hibbard, 73, Sandusky, was southbound in the Audi on U.S. 250 north of Strub Road traveling on a green light. The accident occurred at about 8:30 p.m., the State Patrol reported. 
Hibbard was not injured. 
The Audi sustained moderate damage to the front of the vehicle. The wheelchair sustained heavy damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Perkins Towing. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the accident, the Patrol said, which remains under investigation. 


No Wake

Terrible, terrible tragedy. My sincere condolences to the deceased. Clearly neither of these men set out tonight to cause this incident on purpose, but what can we learn from this to keep it from happening in the future?


We learned that OVH needs a tavern closer so the residents don't have to travel via motorized wheelchairs along Strub and 250.


Internet trolls will hide behind a computer name everyday! Get a job! They put their lives on the line for you.....sadly!


They serve alcohol in one of the lounges there. EXCUSES is also close by. People drink where they want to drink. Alcoholism is a big factor in the facility, I doubt they need more opportunities to serve.


What does alcohol have to do with this at all????


Exactly, look at the map..I agree with you on this. He never got to finish crossing before he was hit..


He was crossing 250 - there are no bars on the other side of 250 there.

Really are you ...

Situational awareness. Defensive driving. Drive the road conditions. Stat alert, stay alive...

SMH Such a tragedy.

Professor Playdoh

That pretty insensitive Phroggy.. Why would you think he was heading to a bar? Terrible accident. May God be with him. Honor his service.

Simple Enough II

Not everyone who served was honorable, not everyone who served saw combat.

Peninsula Pundit

True enough, Simple, but totally unrelated to this accident.
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men.

Simple Enough II

Proffesor Playdogh said to honor his service, we do not know one bit about this person, other than the story that says, he was out on a motorized scooter at 8:30pm and was struck by a car who had a green light.

he said she said

True, he was out at 8:30 pm. He was a grown man that can go anywhere he wanted to; he was in the OVH not in jail.

Yes, he was struck by a car that had a green light, but he was in the crosswalk!! The light could have been purple with pink polka dots, it doesn't change the fact that he was in the crosswalk. Unless, I'm wrong, and correct me if I am, don't cars have to yield to people in the crosswalk??


Furthermore it was a horrible tragedy. Prayers to family and friends.

he said she said

I will keep his family in my thoughts.

phroggy--did you know this man? Do you know what he does on a daily basis? How dare you say something so insensitive?!

This man is a resident of the OVH which means that he served our country in the time of war. He fought for the freedom that we all have and sometimes take advantage of. If he was headed to the bar, good for him because he deserved it!!

So just because he is a resident of the OVH does not mean that he was headed to a bar. Being Sunday, a lot of the stores had closed for the day, but there are still fast food restaurants that were open.

Simple Enough II

Not everyone who served was honorable, not everyone who served saw combat. And no, I don't believe that every vet has served in time of war either.


Have you enlisted to serve? Just because they may not have had to do a tour does not mean they did not have to serve our country. Shut up!

Simple Enough II

Yeah, I did back in the 80's served my four years fulfilled my contract "Honorably". Way tomany folks want to wave a flag for someone and to tell you the truth, it will lose it's luster and meaning.


@ Simple Enough II-Did you ever sign that blank check? I thank God for our vets! Whether they were in active combat,or not; they were willing to take time away from their loved ones and risk their lives so that simple people like you have freedom to live in this wonderful U.S.A. Your comments are mean, insensitive, thoughtless and disturbing. SHAME ON YOU!
R.I.P. Mr. Kimberlin, Thank you for your service! Prayers to your family!

Simple Enough II

Shame on me? Read my post above in reply to another flag waver.

Shame on me? When was the last time you went to the Veterans home? How many times haveyou stopped by one of the residents rooms to say hello, how are you doing, because they have no family or family willing to take care of them in their old age or diminshed capacity? Or maybe set down with a wife who was at her strengths end emotionally and physically from driving about 2-1/2 hours each way to visit her husband almost daily (driving in after work and then travelling back home late at night), be cause she had to work and couldn't take care of him at the same time due to Parkisons. I have, so spare me your vitriol. I've also had folks wanting to go there, because they made enough bad choices in life that they didn't have a pot to pee in and wanted tpo be taken care of, instead of asking the bars they had supported all those years to return the favor. It is not just about having served, it is how you served and how you live your life afterwards.


Everyone who served that is in the OVH has an honorable discharge and was in the service during a war. Otherwise they wouldn't be in there.


Not sure why this isn't posting under Simple's post, but it is meant for them, not for you... sorry about that.

mimi's word

So only vets who have seen combat are do our gratitude? And I think if they were dishonorably discharged I do not think they can get into Vet's home..

he said she said

Simple, I understand what you are saying. Not all vets are honorable but then neither are some civilians...

I didn't say that every vet has served in the time of war either. I said that if he resides at the OVH, he served during war time. From my understanding for when my father wanted to reside in the OVH, he was not permitted to because even though he was in the military, he didn't serve during war time and that is one of the requirements to reside at the OVH.

Simple Enough II

Thank You for the clarification.

Simple Enough II

8:30 PM? Was pretty damn cold out (and dark), what would make a guy with limited mobility want to go out in this weather? What was he going to do if he had become stuck? So he ran a red light (the guy in the hoveround).


That's what I was thinking...I was out last night about then and it was COLD! RIP Sir......thank you for your service.


As a wheelchair bound individual myself I at first thought over this was why was he out in the dark in this season without any assistance and the chair should have been well lit as a snowmobile would be in these conditions . Secondly , it is a sad deal as this is a common accident caused by not seeing the others in the real world around you.


sad .

White Owl

This is a tragedy for not only the deceased and his family/friends but for the driver of the vehicle and his family who had the right of way and will undoubtedly suffer trauma as a result of this death.

This is a tough time of year for people who suffer from depression and it is well known that Veterans suffer disproportionately from depression. Could this have been a suicide?