ELIDA — The driver who struck and killed an elderly woman while she was crossing state Route 81 on Thanksgiving evening was not operating a vehicle while impaired, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Bruce Diller, 63, of Elida, “had not been drinking and was determined not to be impaired by any other substance,” said a spokesman, Sgt. Matt Dyer, via email.
“Speed does not appear to be a factor at this time and the crash remains under investigation,” he added.
Diller was at the wheel of a 2015 GMC Terrain and traveling west on Allentown Road when he struck and killed Doris T. Fricke, 87, near her home at 7777 Allentown Road in Allen County, according to state troopers.
The incident occurred around 6:42 p.m., several hours after Fricke and her extended family had celebrated a Thanksgiving luncheon at her home, according to her son, Bob Fricke, general manager of the Allen County Fair.
He said his mom appeared to have been crossing the road to collect her mail and newspaper.
A private family service was being arranged by Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services at its Shawnee Chapel, according to Doris Fricke’s obituary.
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