Christmas Eve crashes kill three

(Undated) -- Christmas Eve proved deadly as three people, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed in two separate crashes on northwest Ohio roadways.

The most serious happened around 9:40 p.m. on State Route Two at Township Road 19 west of Wauseon in Fulton County. The Ohio Highway Patrol says 90-year-old Edward Johnson of Wauseon was southbound on Township Road 19 and blew through a stop sign at State Route Two. Johnson struck an S-U-V driven by 50-year-old David Mealer of Wauseon, flipping it on its side. Hollis Richer, a 17-year-old passenger, in the S-U-V died at the scene. Mealer died a short time later at the hospital.

Investigators say Richer was a friend of the Mealer family. She was dating his 17-year-old son. Richer was a student at Wauseon High School.

Johnson was taken to the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon. His condition was not available.

Investigators said no citations were issued. They plan to review the case with the Fulton county prosecutor.

The Ohio HIghway Patrol says this fatal crash is devastating to the community of Wauseon. Richer's parents were at the crash scene and at least 50 people came and went while troopers cleared the wreckage.

Earlier in the day, a Kenton, Ohio man lost his life in after he led authorities on a high-speed pursuit in Hardin County and crashed.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says 42-year-old Kevin E. Risner was driving a a 1993 Pontiac FFT when he had fled from a Kenton Police Officer attempting to stop him for a traffic violation. Risner failed to comply with the Officer TM s commands to stop. Mr. Risner fled the city westbound on SR 67. The Hardin County Sheriff TMs Office joined in the pursuit. . Risner was westbound on CR 1-80 when he lost control, went off the right side of the road, and struck a ditch. The vehicle overturned and the Risner was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both crashes are still under investigation.