Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Driver in crash has DUI history

Alcohol suspected in fatal accident

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A convicted drunken driver might have been intoxicated when he slammed his truck into a car on U.S. 42 on Saturday, killing a 77-year-old Springfield Township woman and injuring her daughter, state patrol officials said Tuesday.

        Shawn Abbott, 36, of Lebanon, is scheduled to appear in Lebanon Municipal Court Thursdayfor arraignment on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault in the crash that killed Ruth Corbett.

        “He had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath,” said Lt. Mike Sanders, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lebanon post.

        “There is strong reason to believe he was under the influence of alcohol. He is being investigated for being under the influence of alcohol.”

        Police are waiting for the results of blood tests to check their suspicions, Lt. Sanders said.

        Mr. Abbott, who was convicted of misdemeanor drunken driving in 1989 in Middletown, was northbound Saturday on U.S. 42 at Keever Road when his pickup crossed the center line, grazed one southbound car, then hit Mrs. Corbett's car, patrol officials said.

        Mrs. Corbett's daughter, Susan Corbett, 50, of West Chester, was injured in the crash. She was listed in good condition Tuesday at Middletown Regional Hospital.

        Police said Mr. Abbott was expected to be released Tuesday from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.


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