Thursday, January 18, 2001

3 dead in I-75 collision


One car was going south in north lane

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON - Police say alcohol may have been a factor in a head-on crash on Interstate 75 near Middletown early Wednesday that left three people dead and one injured.

        Roshan A. Hamied, a 33-year-old Miamisburg resident, drove a 1996 Chrysler south in the northbound lane of the interstate for as many as 5 miles before he hit a Toyota Camry head-on about 3 a.m.

        Dead at the scene were: Mr. Hamied; the Toyota's driver, Sylvia B. Gibson, 66, of Dayton, and one of her two passengers, Norma G. Cabral, 43, of Norcross, Ga.

        Another passenger in the Gibson car, Augustine Cabral, 42, is in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after being airlifted from the accident.

        The relationship between Mr. Cabral and Ms. Cabral was not clear Wednesday night.

        “I talked to a witness that said (the Chrysler) had been going the wrong way for approximately 5 miles,” Ohio State Trooper Dennis Gorski said. “My witness said he ... tried to warn people by flashing his lights.”

        The accident happened one mile north of Ohio 122 in Warren County. Police had not yet determined the drivers' destinations.

        All three crash victims will be tested for alcohol, but Trooper Gorski said alcohol likely was a factor in Mr. Hamied's actions.

        The scene was devastating, Trooper Gorski added.

        “There's not much you can do when two cars hit each other about 70 miles an hour.”

       



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