Driving instructor killed in crash involved in separate collision days earlier

This online record shows the violation given to Smith last Thursday.

Online court records reveal the driving school instructor killed in an accident on Monday was involved in another crash just days earlier.

According to records from the City of Maumee, an officer with the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a violation to 48-year-old Thomas "Tom" Smith of Whitehouse on Thursday, April 24.

Smith allegedly did not stop at a stop sign, which led to a collision with an oncoming a truck.

On Monday, Smith was the passenger in a separate crash that took his life and that of 16-year-old Joseph "Joe" Franks.

The Swanton teen was in a driving lesson with Smith, a certified instructor with Key Driving School, when Franks also allegedly drove past a stop sign.

A mini-van then collided with the vehicle at Neapolis-Waterville and Heller Roads.

Both Franks and Smith were pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle was provided by Key Driving School and was equipped with brakes for both the driver and instructor.

Funeral services for both Franks and Smith are being handled by Weigel Funeral Homes.