William Rienerth Jr. Killed in Truck Accident in Sugarcreek, OH
Sugarcreek, OH — November 2, 2023, William Rienerth Jr. was killed as the result of a truck accident at around 11:33 a.m. on State Route 39.
According to initial details about the crash, it occurred at the intersection of State Route 39 and Shetler Road.
Authorities said that 62-year-old William Rienerth Jr. was behind the wheel of a Ford Econoline van going eastbound along Route 39. Rienerth reportedly slowed in order to turn left onto Shetler Road. As the van slowed, reports allege that it was hit from behind by a semi-truck. According to officials, Rienerth sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. Additional details are currently unavailable as investigations continue.
Multiple news sources named a company, Kimble Recycling and Disposal Inc., as the owner of the truck that allegedly crashed into Rienerth's van. I looked this company name up in a public federal database, and if it's the same company that the news is naming, below are some interesting stats from the last two years:
- The company reportedly has 474 power units and 381 drivers at the time of writing.
- Across 72 vehicle inspections, 16 were deemed Out of Service, which is more than a fifth of the vehicles inspected.
- Of 122 driver inspections, 2 were reported as Out of Service.
- The company has 31 total crashes listed, 1 fatal, 9 resulting in injuries, and 21 which required towing.
To be clear, the stats in the federal database cover a period of 24 months prior to November 2, 2023, and stats about crashes do not determine fault.