AMERICAN TOWNSHIP —An Elida remains hospitalized from his injuries sustained in a four-vehicle crash under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

On Wednesday evening, the Highway Patrol had erroneously reported John Guagenti, 54, was transported by American Township EMS to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center with critical injuries and he died Wednesday morning.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the four-vehicle crash Tuesday on Elm Street in American Township.

At approximately 4:47 p.m., troopers responded to Elm Street east of Eastown Road to a report of a four-vehicle injury crash.

A 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Eric E. Fritz, 58, of Delphos, was traveling west bound on Elm Street and struck the rear of a west bound 2014 Ford Edge. The Ford Edge was operated by Guagenti. The Ford Edge was then pushed into the rear of a west bound 2016 Honda CRV operated by Sarah L. Carder, 33, of Delphos. The Honda CRV was pushed across the centerline and struck the left rear of an eastbound 2015 Ford Explorer operated by Kelly D. Wurm, 44, of Lima. The Honda CRV and Ford Explorer both traveled off the south side of the roadway while the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford Edge came to final rest in the roadway.

Fritz was transported by troopers to the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and then later transported by Lima Fire Department to Mercy Health St. Rita’s in Lima with non-life-threatening injuries. Guagenti was transported by American Township EMS to Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center with critical injuries. Carder was transported by American Township EMS to Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Wurm was treated on scene for minor injuries but was not transported. A passenger in Wurm’s vehicle, Haylee Wurm, 14, of Lima did not claim injury.

Assisting troopers on scene was American Township EMS, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, the American Township Police Department, Lima City Prosecutor’s Office, Kenny’s Auto Wrecking, Army’s Towing and Big Daddy’s Towing.

All parties were reportedly wearing seat belts. The crash remains under investigation.

The State Patrol reminds motorists to never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.