Friday, August 17, 2001

Driver felt ill before fatal wreck

By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Not feeling well, Norman Kaiser left work at Post-Browning Inc. in Sharonville at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, a few hours earlier than usual.

        Though it's unclear what caused his illness, Mr. Kaiser, 59, of Wilder, recently had scheduled a root canal appointment after having tooth pain, his daughter, Annie Albrinck of Anderson Township, said Thursday.

        Driving west on Columbia Parkway, Mr. Kaiser was killed when he lost control of his 1996 Saturn, crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into an eastbound car driven by Donna Kinnemeyer, 38, of Delhi Township.

        Mr. Kaiser, vice president and service manager of Post-Browning, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3:42 p.m. accident.

        Both Ms. Kinnemeyer and her 14-year-old daughter, Katie, were treated and released.

        The accident aftermath shut down traffic in both directions on Columbia Parkway between Bains Street and Kemper Lane for more than three hours.

        Witnesses said both cars were traveling about 45 mph, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Bill Coombs said.

        Alcohol or excessive speed were not factors in the accident, Sgt. Coombs said. The speed limit is 45 mph.

        Walt Nuckols, president of Post-Browning and a friend of Mr. Kaiser for 40 years, said it was unusual for Mr. Kaiser to be sick.

        “It was not uncommon for him to start work at 5 a.m. and still be there at 6 p.m.,” Mr. Nuckols said.

        He added that Mr. Kaiser was the strongest person he has ever known, and was dedicated to God and his family.

        Mr. Kaiser supervised the companies' technicians who specialize in bank security systems, vaults and ATM systems.

        Mr. Kaiser worked for Fifth Third Bank for 25 years in the property management department, and later for J.L. Torbeck, a bank security company in Forest Park, before joining Post-Browning, his daughter said.

        Other survivors include his wife, Mary Conradi Kaiser; three sons, Michael of Florence, and Stephen and Joseph, both of Wilder; and six grandchildren.

        A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Therese Church in Southgate. Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home in Fort Thomas is handling arrangements. There is no visitation.

        Memorials can be made to Newport Central Catholic High School, 13 Carothers Road, Newport, KY 41071.


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