MARION COUNTY, OH. (THECOUNT) — Matthew Elliott Dildine and Melissa L. Dingess, both of Columbus County, Ohio, have been identified as the victims in a double-fatal vehicle crash in Marion County Thursday evening.

Dildine, 42, and 26-year-old Dingess, were both killed Thursday evening in a single-vehicle crash near pleasant Township.


According to reports, Dildine and Dingess were traveling in a vehicle on US-23 in Pleasant Township, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and exited the roadway around 4 p.m. Thursday. The vehicle then made contact with a substantial tree and rolled over into a culvert.

Dildine was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Dingess was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead of injuries suffered in the crash.

The driver was transported with unknown non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 66,501. Its county seat is Marion. The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1824. It is named for General Francis “The Swamp Fox” Marion, a South Carolinian officer in the Revolutionary War – Wikipedia.