Teenager Hayden Smith Dies in Car Accident in Paulding County, Ohio

In a heartbreaking incident that has left the Versailles community in shock and sorrow, Hayden Matthew Smith, a 16-year-old resident of Rossburg, Ohio, tragically lost his life in a car accident.

Who was Hayden Smith?

Hayden Smith was a young man known for his vibrant spirit and optimism. He was a student at Versailles High School, as per his social media profile, and had a promising future ahead. The unexpected demise of such a young soul has left the entire community in mourning.

What Actually Happened?

The fatal accident occurred near Haviland at the intersection of State Route 114 and County Road 87 in Blue Creek Township, Paulding County, on November 30, 2023, around 9:27 A.M. Hayden was driving south on County Road 87 in a 1991 Ford F-150. He failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the intersection of State Route 114, which led to the unfortunate incident.

What was the Cause of Hayden Smith Death?

Hayden’s vehicle entered the intersection and collided with the trailer of a 2017 Volvo semi-truck driven by 54-year-old Gary G. Ballenger from Oakwood, Ohio, who was heading westward. The impact of the collision was severe, leading to Hayden’s critical injuries.

The Allen County (Indiana) Coroner’s Office declared Hayden dead after he was rushed from the scene to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In contrast, Mr. Ballenger did not sustain any injuries in the collision.

Ongoing Investigation

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating the details of this tragic accident. The Ohio Department of Transportation, Gideon’s Towing & Recovery, John’s Towing & Repair, Scott Fire & EMS, and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office have all provided assistance in the investigation and aftermath of the crash.

A Community Mourns

Hayden’s sudden and untimely death has left a deep void in the hearts of his family, friends, and the Versailles community. As they come to terms with this devastating loss, our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

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