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Payne native dies in VW County crash

Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office information

Evan Gordon
Evan Gordon

A Payne native was killed Wednesday morning in a single-car accident that occurred on the Van Wert-Paulding County Line Road.

According to the accident report, Evan J. Gordon, 24, of New Haven, Ind., was killed shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday when he lost control of his 1998 Ford Contour while driving east on Van Wert-Paulding County Line Road, just west of Ohio 49 (see obituary on the Obituary Page).

According to deputies, Gordon’s car went off the right side of the road and hit a mailbox, Gordon then veered back onto the roadway, but then went off the right side of the roadway again, where the car went into a skid, struck a ditch and overturned.

Gordon was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by first responders using the jaws of life. The young man was pronounced dead by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office and transported from the scene by Brickner’s Ambulance Service.

Gordon was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

POSTED: 11/30/13 at 7:33 am. FILED UNDER: News