DEFIANCE — A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed Tuesday on U.S. Route 24 in Defiance.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, William G. Wales, 73, of Defiance stopped his vehicle with the flashers activated on the right shoulder of Rte. 24 at approximately 11 a.m., exited the vehicle and was southbound crossing the westbound lanes of the highway when he was struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was westbound in the left-hand lane. The post stated Wales appeared to have been removing a small animal carcass from the center of the roadway when he attempted to exit the roadway right into the path of the Jeep.

The operator of the Jeep, William C. Hemberg, 62, of Clinton Township, Michigan, was not injured and was wearing his seat belt.

Assisting at the scene were Defiance City Police Department, Defiance City Fire Department, Defiance City Transportation Department and Defiance County Coroner’s Office.


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