PAULDING — A 95-year-old man was killed in a crash on Thursday at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Paulding County Road 143 in northeastern Paulding County.

Dead is Karl Werling, who was a rear-seat passenger in a car driven by Gary Lipp, 66, Paulding. Lipp was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox eastbound on U.S. 24 when a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup failed to yield the right of way, striking the right side of the Equinox. The Ram was driven by Harvey Bok, 66, Defiance. Bok was traveling south on County Road 143 before attempting to cross 24.

Lipp and his 67-year-old wife Janice Lipp sustained critical injuries and were flown by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for treatment. On Friday, Janice Lipp was reported in critical condition and Gary Lipp in serious condition.

Werling was a passenger in the left rear seat. He sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.



Bok refused medical treatment at the scene.

This was the second serious crash at this intersection in less than two weeks. On May 18, three persons were injured when a southbound pickup hit an eastbound pickup.

Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding Fire and EMS, Paulding County Prosecutor’s Office, Paulding County Coroner’s Office, Parkview Samaritan Medical Transport, Gideon Wrecker Service, Ohio Department of Transportation, Defiance Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit, and Ohio State Highway Patrol Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.

The accident remains under investigation.