CAMDEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Visiting hours for a young Wellington couple, their 1-year-old daughter and their unborn son are being held from 3-9 p.m. Sunday at Penfield Community Church.
The church is located at 40775 on State Route 18.
The couple and their child were killed in a head-on crash in Lorain County Tuesday afternoon.
The incident happened at 1:10 p.m. on Baumhart Road in Camden Township – just north of US 20.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said 23-year-old Gar A. Cole of Wellington was driving south on Baumhart and crossed the center line, hitting a truck head-on.
Gar Cole and a front seat passenger, 22-year-old Simone Cole, were both wearing seatbelts and died in the crash, the patrol said.
A 1-year old child who was restrained in the back seat, Ryleigh Cole, was taken to Allen Memorial Hospital. Ryleigh was later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center where she died from her injuries.
According to Gar’s and Simone’s Facebook pages, the two were married and Ryleigh is their daughter. Simone posted a message saying she had just gotten accepted into nursing school and thanked all of her friends and family for gifts given during a recent baby shower. Gar recently posted that the two had already picked out a name for their soon-to-be son.
The driver of the truck, 31-year-old Jeremy Hofecker of Vermilion, and his passenger, 42-year-old Michael Dipierto of Fairview Park, were taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injures. Troopers said neither was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Investigators say they have started to recreate the scene. They are also checking phone records for text message logs.
The funerals held at 11 a.m. at the Penfield Community Church.
Click here to view the family's obituary.
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