Authorities Investigate Fatal Medina Co. Crash

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HARRISVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities are investigating what caused a fatal crash along Interstate 71 northbound on Tuesday morning. The crash claimed the life of a two-year-old girl.

Officials with the Medina Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol tell Fox 8 News that the crash took place at 11:04 a.m., near exit 204. 

The highway patrol says that Willie R. Littlejohn, 41, of Parma, was stopped in the right lane on Interstate 71, when his vehicle was struck by William R. Diesch, 29, of West Salem. Diesch was driving a 2010 Ford SUV.

The highway patrol says that Littlejohn had three passengers in the vehicle, his wife, Rebecca, 34, and their two children, Alexander, 6, and Megan, 2.

Willie and his wife were taken to Lodi Hospital with serious injuries. The children were life flighted to University Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department where Megan died of her injuries.

Diesch’s wife, Mary, 31, was in the SUV with her husband at the time of the crash. Both were taken to Lodi Hospital with serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. The highway patrol says alcohol is not a factor in the crash.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.