Bluffton Road crash victims ID’d by coroner

The Allen County Coroner’s Office has identified two men killed in a head-on crash that occurred early Thursday morning in the 15900 block of Bluffton Road in Allen County.

The coroner has identified the men as Jonathan Robert Zeigler, 36, of Indianapolis and Gregory Lee Mitchell, 37, of Ossian. Both died from blunt-force trauma, and their deaths were ruled accidents.

Zeigler’s death at the scene is the 11th traffic fatality in Allen County in 2017 and Mitchell’s is the 12th.

Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Stone said Thursday that one of the men was driving a red SUV southbound on Bluffton Road when it went left of center and struck head-on a gray Saturn SUV driven by the other man northbound on Bluffton Road.

A female passenger in the red SUV was taken to a hospital by ambulance and was listed in critical condition early Thursday.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.