Sunday, January 07, 2001

Amelia woman dies in two-vehicle crash

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — An 18-year-old Amelia woman who was killed Friday when her car was struck by a dump truck was the year's first Tristate teen-ager to die in an auto accident.

        Christina Folchi died from injuries suffered when her 1995 Saturn was hit along the driver's side by the truck driven by Darrell Whitaker, 43, of Fort Thomas.

        Last year, 18 teen-agers were killed by other teen drivers in the nine-county Tristate area, according to Enquirer research. That includes four teens who were driving alone — one of whom was on a motorcycle.

        Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Bobb Saturday said a preliminary investigation determined that Ms. Folchi's car fishtailed while heading north and navigating a bend on Amelia-Olive Branch Road. When her car swung across the center line, it was struck broadside by the truck.

        Mr. Whitaker was treated for minor injuries at Anderson Mercy Hospital.

        Trooper Bobb said that the investigation had not determined how fast Ms. Folchi was driving in the 45-mph zone, but said she was definitely driving too fast for conditions.

        He added that the road wasn't wet, and that there was no indication of alcohol or drug use by either driver. “The biggest problem, especially in this county, isn't necessarily the ice and snow and wet roads - it's speed for conditions,” Trooper Bobb said.


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