MANSFIELD, OH – On May 20, 2017, at 4:38 P.M., Troopers responded to a three vehicle injury crash on Lexington-Springmill Road south of Cockley Road in Troy Township in Richland County.
Amy L. Browning, 47, of Lexington, was operating a 2004 Saturn Ion and was stopped in traffic northbound on Lexington Springmill Road. Donald E. Schaffer, 58, of Mansfield, was operating a 2012 GMC Sierra and was northbound on Lexington Springmill Road and failed to maintain an assured clear distance ahead. Mr. Schaffer drove left of center in an attempt to avoid Ms. Browning, but struck Ms. Browning in the rear. Mr. Schaffer then struck Billy W. Buckler, 54, of Lexington head on. Mr. Buckler was southbound on Lexington-Springmill Road in a 2015 Chevrolet Impala.
Ms. Browning was treated on scene for minor injuries, and Mr. Schaffer was transported to Ohio Health Mansfield for non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Buckler was transported to Ohio Health Mansfield for serious injuries. Also traveling with Mr. Buckler was Billy J. Buckler, 84, of Mansfield, and he was transported to Ohio Health Mansfield for serious injuries; and Jayne L. Buckler, 53, of Lexington and she was transported to Ohio Health Mansfield for serious injuries.
On May 25, 2017, Billy W. Buckler succumbed to his injuries.
Seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash by all occupants, and the crash remains under investigation.