Sunday, September 24, 2000

1 killed, 4 hurt in weekend accidents

Fall off bed of truck and two-car collision the causes

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Harrison man was killed Saturday and four people were injured Friday in Greater Cincinnati traffic accidents.

        Thomas Mounce, 28, of Harrison was killed when he fell from the back of a flatbed pickup. He was riding in a 1998 Ford F-150 driven by Terrill Maxfield, 22, of Hamilton.

        Mr. Mounce fell at 4:28 a.m. while the vehicle was traveling on U.S. 27 north at East Miami River Road in Colerain Township. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

        Investigators are asking anyone with more information to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 825-1500.

        Covington police on Saturday were continuing to investigate a two-car crash that injured a woman and three teens, two of them seriously, on Friday.

        Driver Benjamin Haggard, 16, of Independence was initially listed in serious condition at St. Elizabeth Medical Center South but was released Saturday.

        A passenger in his vehicle, Melissa Rawe, 15, was at first listed in critical condition at Children's Hospital Medical Center, but her condition was upgraded to serious by Saturday afternoon.

        A second passenger, Dale Turner, 16, of Independence was treated at St. Elizabeth and released, as was the driver of the second vehicle, Jacqueline Deters, 42, of Florence.

        Benjamin was driving a 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit that police say crossed a double-yellow line into the path of Ms. Deters' 1991 Chevrolet.

        The crash occurred at Taylor Mill Road and Brandtly Ridge Drive around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

        No one in Benjamin's vehicle was wearing a seat belt, which contributed to the severity of the injuries, Covington police said.


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