Monday, September 12, 2016

Yorkshire Man Killed in Accident in Northern Darke County on Sunday

On Sunday September 11, 2016 at approximately 8:01 pm, Darke County Deputies along with North Star Fire, Osgood Rescue, Ansonia Rescue, Careflight, Darke County Coroners Office, and Mercer County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team, responded to the 7100 block of North Star-Ft. Loramie Road in reference to a two-vehicle fatal crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Black 2012 Toyota Camry, driven by Steven L. Knapke 65, and wife front seat passenger Lois Knapke both from Yorkshire, Ohio were traveling eastbound on North Star-Ft. Loramie Road and were rear-ended by a Black 2008 Pontiac G8, driven by Dean Michael Bornhorst 24, along with passengers Joshua A. Watercutter 24, and Scott D. Borges 24 all of Minster, Ohio. Knapke's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway striking the side ditch and rolling several times before coming to rest on its top in the roadway. Bornhorst's vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway into the ditch spinning around and facing back westbound. Steven Knapke was pronounced dead at the scene, and his wife was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Ansonia Rescue. Mrs. Knapke was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Spirit Medical Transport. Bornhorst was flown to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight, and his two passengers were treated and released at the scene.

Knapke and Bornhorst's conditions are unknown at this time. Alcohol and speed are suspected contributing factors in this crash. This marks the fifth fatal crash this year in Darke County.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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