Sunday, September 09, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Driver, 23, charged in fatal I-75 crash

        MONROE — A 23-year-old Georgetown man has been charged with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of aggravated vehicular assault for causing a four-vehicle accident along Interstate 75 that left one man dead.

        Authorities say Randy King was speeding through a section of northbound I-75 between Monroe and Middletown shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday when his Mitsubishi Eclipse struck the rear of a Chevrolet Tahoe.

        The Tahoe, driven by James Forrest, 53, of Huber Heights, north of Dayton, Ohio, crossed the median and went into southbound traffic. It was struck by a truck, which was struck by a larger semi-tractor trailer, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Lezotte.

        Mr. Forrest was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the truck was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He was in serious condition Saturday.

        Neither Mr. King nor the driver of the semi-tractor trailer suffered serious injuries. The stretch of highway where the accident occurred is known as “death alley.” Between November and June the location saw six fatalities in which cars crossed the median into oncoming traffic. All were attributed to driver error.

Three injured when car enters bank lobby

        WITHAMSVILLE — A 68-year-old man crashed his car Saturday into the lobby of a Fifth Third Bank branch and injured three people.

        Delano Chambers, of Bethel, told Clermont County sheriff's deputies that his foot got caught between the gas pedal and the brake while his car was in the bank parking lot at 1196 Ohio Pike.

        The car shattered the glass front wall and plunged halfway into the lobby about 9:45 a.m. Saturday, soon after the bank opened. A female customer was struck by debris and two employees were cut by flying glass. None of the injuries was life-threatening, police said.

        Mr. Chambers was not injured and was not cited, said Lt. Randy Harvey of the Clermont County Sheriff's Department.

Boy hit by lightning recuperating at home

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — A 15-year-old Delhi Township boy struck by lightning Friday when he took cover under a tree was released from Children's Hospital Medical Center on Saturday.

        John Mill was riding his skateboard in the 200 block of Centerview Drive when he was hit by lightning at 4:17 p.m. on Friday. Delhi Township Police said the teen-ager had burns on one leg and singed hair.

Forklift accident kills Indiana man

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — A 27-year-old man was killed Friday at a construction site.

        Timothy R. Johnson of Aurora, Ind., was driving a forklift about 2:45 p.m. at a construction project at 4946 Rialto Road when the forklift struck a beam of the building and tipped over. Mr. Johnson was caught under the forklift and was killed immediately, West Chester police report.

        The steel-framed, metal-sided commercial building was being built by H&H Superstructures for Fairfield-based Dittman-Adams.

        The accident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Driver in fatal crash released on bond

        A $5,000 bond was set Saturday for a 20-year-old Colerain Township man accused of one count of aggravated vehicular homicide.

        Andrew Albright appeared before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge James Patrick Kenney in a wheelchair and with his arm in a sling.

        Authorities say that on Aug. 30, Mr. Albright drove a Chevrolet Blazer eastbound on Springdale Road in Colerain Township and veered off the roadway. The vehicle rolled and ejected the front seat passenger, Jeramy W. Cline.

        The vehicle came to rest on its top after striking a detached garage in the 5800 block of Springdale Road.

        Mr. Cline was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. Mr. Albright was released from jail after posting bond.


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