Ottawa Firemen were on the scene to put out a fire that occurred when a vehicle struck a trailer and shed on Thursday afternoon. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Ottawa Firemen were on the scene to put out a fire that occurred when a vehicle struck a trailer and shed on Thursday afternoon. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

OTTAWA — The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a one vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Thursday, Jan 23 at approximately 4:22 p.m. The fatal crash occurred on SR 65 near Oakview Drive on the north side of Ottawa.

A 2006 Jeep Commander, driven by 49 year old Ronald J. Miehls Jr., Ottawa, was northbound on SR65 (Perry Street) near Oakview Drive, when his vehicle drifted off the right side of the roadway for an unknown reason. The Jeep struck a traffic sign, a metal post and a mobile home before coming to final rest against the mobile home. Seconds later the vehicle burst into flames and the vehicle burned out of control until the Ottawa Fire Department arrived on scene and put the fire out.

The driver, Ronald J. Miehls Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Horstman. The driver was transported to Love's Funeral Home and will undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the ottawa Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Ottawa Fire Department, Ottawa EMS, Putnam County EMA< Huggins Towing and the Putnam County Coroner.