Sidney senior killed in 2-vehicle crash

Staff report



SIDNEY — A Sidney High School senior, and member of the softball team, was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash on state Route 29.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Kacey D. Swiger, 18, of Sidney, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County Coroner’s Office. Swiger was also a member of the Miami County Blaze.

The crash happened Saturday morning at 8:38 a.m. in the 10000 block of state Route 29, just south of Fort Loramie Swanders Road.

Swiger, who was driving a 2000 Grand Am, was southbound on state Route 29 and lost control on the snow-covered road. The vehicle slid broadside across the center into the path of a full-size van, owned by Spectrum, which was northbound on state Route 29. The van’s driver, Daveras Pruitt, of Dayton, was unable to avoid the crash and struck the passenger side of Swiger’s vehicle, causing severe damage to the vehicle.

Pruitt was transported to Wilson Health by Anna Rescue.

Sidney Fire also assisted at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. Weather conditions impacted driving conditions.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Sidney. Her obituary appears on Page 2.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help the family with funeral expenses. The website address is .

This is the second fatal crash the Sheriff’s Office is investigating in three-day period. On Thursday at 6:06 p.m., Melanie Smith, 36, of Fort Loramie was killed in a vehicle-farm tractor crash on state Route 219, just north of Botkins.

Smith was northbound on state Route 219 when she rear-ended a northbound tractor driven by Leon Hemmert, 62, of Botkins.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Hemmert was transported to Wilson Health by a private vehicle. Smith’s two daughters who were passengers in her vehicle, Whitley Smith, 3, and Layla Smith, 6, were transported to Wilson Health by Anna Rescue.

Funeral arrangements for Smith are under the direxction of Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie. Her obituary appears on Page 2.


Staff report