Sunday, September 10, 2000

3 killed, 4 hurt in trio of crashes

Amelia pair, teen among the fatalities

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Three people were killed and four were injured in three separate traffic crashes Saturday.

        The fatalities included a Georgetown, Ohio, teen, identified as Marty W. Howser II, 17, and a pair of Amelia residents.

        James E. Orick, 88, and his passenger, Elizabeth Harness, 75, died after a two-car crash on Ohio 125 in Clermont County's Monroe Township.

        Mr. Orick was taken to University Hospital, where he later died; Ms. Harness was pronounced dead at the crash site.

        The crash happened about 11:40 a.m., when Mr. Orick was driving west on Ohio 125 and attempted to turn left onto Lindale Mount Holly Road. Mr. Orick failed to yield, police said, and his 1986 Mercury Topaz struck a 1988 Ford Mustang, which was eastbound on Ohio 125.

        The driver of that vehicle, Valerie J. Rohrich, 43, of Worland, Wyo., was treated at Mercy Hospital Clermont and released. She was wearing a seat belt, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Batavia Post; Mr. Orick and Ms. Harness were not.

        Another two-car crash turned fatal about 12:45 a.m. in Brown County's Jefferson Township.

        Mr. Howser was driving a blue 1991 Dodge Daytona east on Ohio 125 just west of Russellville when he failed to negotiate a curve, said the patrol's Georgetown post.

        The vehicle went left of center and struck a maroon 1981 Pontiac Grand Am, which was westbound, the patrol said. The driver of that car, George T. Fecke, 39, and his wife, Sandra, 51, of Lynx in Adams County, were treated at Brown County General Hospital and released, the patrol said.

        Following a one-car crash that remains under investigation, a Dayton, Ohio, man was taken by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. James Snow, 20, was listed in serious condition Saturday night, a nursing supervisor said.

        The crash that injured Mr. Snow occurred about 2:35 p.m. Mr. Snow was driving south on Interstate 75 just north of Ohio 122 when his 2000 Chrysler struck a guard rail, the patrol's Lebanon post said.


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