Monday, November 01, 1999

Two killed as car hits house in Clermont

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        JACKSON TOWNSHIP — Two passengers in a speeding Ford Mustang died Sunday morning when it flipped and struck several trees and a home in this rural Clermont County community, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        Troopers identified them as Amy M. Stanley, 18, of the 700 block of Prather Road in Felicity, and Melissa A. Gilbert, 20, of the 200 block of Cliff Drive in New Richmond.

        Driver John McLoughlin Jr., 18, of Felicity, was in critical condition Sunday at University Hospital.

        No other vehicle was involved and no one was home where the Mustang heavily damaged the front porch.

        Ms. Stanley, a front-seat passenger, was wearing a seat belt. Ms. Gilbert and Mr. McLoughlin, who were not wearing seat belts, were ejected, the dispatcher at Batavia said, quoting a news release. Ms. Gilbert was a back-seat passenger.

        Mr. McLoughlin was driving west on Jackson Pike at 1:25 a.m. Sunday when he lost control 400 feet from Ohio 133, crossed the center line and crashed, the dispatcher said. The 2000-year model car still had temporary tags.

        Alcohol was believed to be involved, investigating troopers said.

        A preliminary workup indicated Mr. McLoughlin was exceeding the 55 mph limit, troopers said.


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