(6-30-20) At 5:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of State Route 81 and County Road 65. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart reported that a southbound box truck driven by Walter L. Cole III (28) of Columbus, pulled from a stop sign on County Road 65 into the path of a vehicle driven by Alex Sweigart (18), of Ada who was traveling east on State Route 81.

Sweigart was pronounced dead at the scene, his passenger Garret Rettig, was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, with non-life threatening injuries. Cole was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Assisting at the scene were the Sheriff’s Multi County Crash Investigation Team, Ada Police Department, Ada-Liberty Fire, Ada EMS, Bluffton EMS and the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.

Sweigart just recently graduated from Ada, he was a Clark State Community College baseball commit and also played football at Ada.


Statement from Ada Schools,  Meri Skilliter, Ada school superintendent

Dear Bulldog Community,

We were saddened to learn of the death of one of our 2020 graduates, Alex Sweigart, in a car crash tonight. Alex was one of the nicest young men you’d ever want to meet. Alex graduated from Ada and also from Apollo Career Center in May. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this most difficult time.

The West Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team has been contacted and is setting up an opportunity for students (Ada and Apollo classmates are welcome) to drop in at the Ada United Methodist Church, tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 1-3 P.M. Counselors and other interventionists will be available from 1-3 PM, and students are welcome to stop in during that time.

We will communicate details about services as they become available to us. In the meantime, we will hold this family in our hearts as they process this loss. We are so grateful for this tight knit community.

Yo u r s , Mrs. Skillite


Alex M. Sweigart, age 18, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 PM.

He was born on July 9, 2001 in Bluffton to Robert Sweigart and Robin (Work) Tomasi. His father and step-mother, Ann Sweigart survive in Dola. His mother and step-father, Don Tomasi survive in Ada.

Alex was a 2020 graduate of Ada High School and Apollo Career Center. He loved baseball, cars, motorcycling, and hanging out with family and friends.

Alex is also survived by a brother: Adam (Christian Anderson) Sweigart of Ada; a sister: Lisa Oxley of Columbus; a step-sister: Abbigale (Gerald) Hardy of Columbus; paternal grandparents: Robert and Janice Sweigart; and step-grandmother: Cheryl Tomasi.

He was preceded in death by a step-brother, Tyler Montgomery; and maternal grandparents: Robert and Carole Work.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time at Hanson-Neely-Allison Funeral & Cremation Services, Ada. Please check back for further service information.