Monday, January 23rd, 2012
By Margie Wuebker
Fort Recovery man dies when vehicle strikes utility pole
  A 22-year-old Fort Recovery man died early today when his car collided with a utility pole west of Burkettsville.
Lucas Staugler, 208 Gwendolyn St., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash along Mercer-Darke County Line Road, west of Cochran Road.
The Mercer County Sheriff's Office was notified at 5:14 a.m. by Darke County Sheriff's deputies who initially responded to the scene and then determined the accident occurred just north of the Mercer County line.
Sheriff Jeff Grey told The Daily Standard that details are sketchy and the investigation is continuing.
Staugler, the lone occupant in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, was driving westbound when he lost control for an unknown reason. The car collided with a utility pole and came to rest in a nearby field.
The accident report indicated he was not using a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Mercer County Coroner Dr. Timothy Heinrichs released the body to Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home in Fort Recovery, where arrangements are pending.
Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers were called to handle traffic control as the road was closed until responders left and the heavily damaged car was removed.
Staugler's death is Mercer County's first traffic fatality of the year.
Additional online stories for this date
Print edition only stories for this date
• Right to Life marchers get local send-off
• Residents celebrate Chinese New Year
• Wright State Lake Campus hires full-time police officer
• BOE approves trimester schedule
• Coldwater pulls away during second quarter
• Second straight loss for Indians
a_d
Monday Night
67°
Mostly Cloudy
13%
Later Today
80°
Thunderstorms Likely
61%
Tuesday Night
67°
Thunderstorms Likely
57%
Wednesday
79°
Chance Thunderstorms
48%
Wednesday Night
62°
Chance Thunderstorms
33%
Thursday
83°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
22%
Thursday Night
65°
Partly Cloudy
14%
Friday
84°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
20%
Friday Night
68°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
29%
Saturday
79°
Chance Thunderstorms
50%
Saturday Night
57°
Chance Thunderstorms
50%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d