Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Camden Township – A horrific crash Tuesday afternoon claimed the lives of a family of four, including an unborn baby.

Trooper Jeff Kaess of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred when Gar A. Cole, 23, of Wellington, Ohio, was southbound on Baumhart Road in a 2007 Ford Taurus, drove left of center, and was struck by a northbound commercial vehicle (LOWES box truck)driven by Jeremy A. Hofecker, 31, of Vermilion, Ohio.

Hofecker told Troopers that he saw the car come into his lane so he started honking his horn and even moved as far right as he could. He believed the car would get back into its lane but never did.

Cole and his wife Simone sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. The Cole’s 18 month old baby, Ryleigh, was restrained in a child safety seat in the back of the car. Ryleigh was transported to Allen Emergency Room and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Trooper Kaess said he received the news late Tuesday night that Ryleigh had passed away at Metro.

Metro LifeFlight Medical personnel attempted to save the Cole’s unborn baby by doing an emergency c-section at the crash site. Simone Cole was 8 and a half months pregnant. Attempts by the Physician on board were unsuccessful.

Hofecker and his passenger in the Lowes truck, Michael J. Dipietro, 42, of Fairview Park, Ohio, were transported to Allen Memorial Hospital by LifeCare with non-life threatening injuries. Hofecker and Dipietro were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Kaess said it is not clear as why Cole went left of center and that the investigation is still ongoing.



Anonymous Patsy said...

What a horrible tragedy.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of these victims. May God offer you peace and comfort in the days ahead and the strength to cope with your loss.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so horrible...They were so young and bright and were not given the chance to live their life. We will always miss Gar, Simone, and baby Ryleigh...Thanks to all who tried to help

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow this is really really sad:( its hard losing one person in your family but then losing 3 and one almost here :/ I feel for this family i know what its like losing someone. I can't think of what this family is going through. Its not easy losing someone .

3:51 PM  

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