LIMA — A 20-year-old pregnant woman was killed Thursday evening when she lost control of her car on the slick roadway and collided with another vehicle. The child she was carrying may survive the incident, though.
Ashley Dyer, of Lima, was taken to Lima Memorial Health System where she died from her injuries at 7:53 p.m., Sheriff Sam Crish reported.
Chief Deputy Jimmy Everett said medical personnel surgically removed the unborn child. As of early this morning, the child was still alive, he said.
On Daryl and Daryl’s Pizza and Wings Facebook page, the company said it was a sad day for their staff as Dyer was an employee.
“Not a dry eye around Daryl’s today. Yesterday we lost a very dear employee, little Ashley Dyer,” the post read.
The post further said Dyer was seven months pregnant and her baby, named Conner, was taken to a hospital in Toledo.
The crash happened at 4:37 p.m. Thursday on state Route 117 near the Allen County Fairgrounds. Dyer was driving west when she lost control of her vehicle on the snowy, slick roadway. Her vehicle slid sideways and crossed the center line into the path of a sports-utility vehicle, driven by 18-year-old Drew Schimpf, of Lima, Crish reported.
Schimpf was not injured but his passenger, 13-year-old Kendal Schimpf, was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries, Everett said.
The Facebook post by Daryl and Daryl’s said Dyer had the ability to make people laugh and smile. Dyer left the business for a few years after she met a man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. She moved to Kentucky only to return to Ohio and continue working at the carryout.
“They just got settled in a house her dad and stepmom fixed up for them. She was so excited to be a new mother,” the post said.
Dyer just chose the baby’s name this week and was so excited to be a mother, the post said.
“She was always so excited and talked about (the) baby all the time,” the post said.
The post said Dyer and the man she was with did not have insurance. There are plans being made to set up an account a Superior Federal Credit Union to help with medical and other costs.