2 claimed in Hardin County crash

KENTON — Two people from Indiana were killed Sunday night when their car went left of center and struck an oncoming pickup truck in southwestern Hardin County, deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office report.

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Two Indiana residents were killed Sunday night when their car went left of the center line and struck an oncoming pickup truck head-on. The two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. A mother and her two children were taken by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital. (TIMES PHOTO/DAN ROBINSON)


Driver Marcus Daniel Croy, 33, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., along with his passenger, Michelle Hakey, 29, of Columbia City, Ind., were pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies report Croy was operating a southbound car about 9:45 p.m. on State Route 117 at State Route 67. The car reportedly went left of the center and struck a northbound pickup operated by Sonia Kropaczewski-McNamara, 39, of Grand Junction, Mich.

Kropaczewski-McNamara and her children, ages 5 years and 9 months, were transported by medical helicopters to St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, where they were said to be in stable condition Monday morning.

A dog in the McNamara vehicle also died as a result of the accident. A second dog in the vehicle was placed in the care of the Hardin County Dog Warden.

Also assisting deputies at the scene were units from Roundhead Fire and EMS, Alger EMS, BMRT squad, Richland Township Fire Department, along with LifeFlight and CareFlight medical helicopters; the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team, Hardin County Volunteers In Police Service, Hardin County Coroner’s Office and Osborn’s Towing and Recovery.