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From our media partner The Northwest Signal
WATERVILLE - A fatal crash on U.S. Route 24 east of Dutch Road in Lucas County claimed the life of a Northwest Signal photographer Saturday morning.
The Toledo Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported Adam D. Straub, 25, of Columbia City, Ind., was traveling eastbound on Rte. 24 at 11:20 a.m. Saturday when he attempted to pass a semi he was following, driven by Nikola Utjesinovic of Hamilton, Ontario.
Straub traveled into the left lane to pass the semi, but lost control of his pickup truck and struck the left side of the semi tractor. The pickup continued left of center into the westbound lane of Rte. 24 and struck a westbound vehicle head-on, which was driven by Misty Spurgeon, 26, of Deshler. Spurgeon was pronounced dead at the scene by a Lucas County Coroner.
Spurgeon began working at the Northwest Signal as a stringer photographer two years ago, mainly covering Patrick Henry sports. She was traveling to cover the Patriots' playoff football game when the accident occurred.
She graduated from Patrick Henry in 2000 and from Northwest State Community College in 2007 with a degree in visual communications technology. She was also currently working at Sauder Woodworking of Archbold and the 10K Korner Mart of Deshler.
"First, and foremost, our thoughts among the Northwest Signal sports family are with Misty's family. It is impossible to imagine the loss they are feeling, and our thoughts and prayers are with them right now," said Northwest Signal Sports Editor Jeff Ratliff.
"Misty was a young person trying to make her way in this business. She was a good learner and energetic about taking photos. She was always trying to find ways to take better photos.
"If she loved anything more than taking photos, it was Patrick Henry athletics," Ratliff added.
"This spring we went together to cover the Patriots when they won the state baseball title and she was so excited to go, she volunteered to take the photos for free just to be there. When Patrick Henry did win the title, she was right there in the dugout, smiling, celebrating and even taking a few photos.
"Misty loved all sports, but baseball and football were her favorites because she was able to be in the dugout and on the sidelines with the players. I think she felt closer to the game that way.
"This has been a tragic and dark couple of days for everyone that knew Misty. She will be missed by all of us in the sports department," Ratliff added.
Spurgeon was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and was a former member and current advisor with the Corn City Sons & Daughters 4-H Club.
Visitation for Spurgeon will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Rodenberger Funeral Home of Deshler. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Deshler.
There were no injuries reported to Utjesinovic, Straub or any of Straub's three passengers, which included Andy Straub, 22, Mason Straub, 1, and Madison Straub, 4.
Troopers reported all occupants of the three vehicles were wearing seat belts or child restraints at the time of the crash.
Assisting at the scene were Waterville Police Department, Waterville Township Police Department, Lucas County Sheriff's Office, Maumee Police Department and Waterville Fire Department.
The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and no charges have yet been filed.
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