Tuesday, November 06, 2001

Traffic accidents claim 3 in Butler

One man hospitalized in critical condition

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — Weekend traffic crashes in Butler County killed three people — two of them in Fairfield — and left one man critically injured.

        Motorcyclist Jamie King, 24, of Fairfield, died Sunday night after crashing into a ditch. He had swerved to miss a vehicle on Dixie Highway near Woodridge Boulevard around 9 p.m., Fairfield police say.

        The driver of the other vehicle had not been located, and no charges had been filed, police said.

        In another Fairfield crash, Jacob A. Stoehr, 19, of Fairfield, died after being flown by medical helicopter to University Hospital.

        Mr. Stoehr was driving a 1987 Toyota Corolla northbound on Southgate Boulevard around 8:15 p.m. when it struck a parked semi tractor-trailer.

        The truck was parked in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits commercial trucks from being parked overnight in residential areas, said Lt. Ken Colburn, Fairfield police spokesman.

        It was unclear Monday whether the truck's owner had been cited, and officers were still investigating what might have led to the crash.

        A Madison Township crash on Friday night killed Jeffery Farris, 39, of Hamilton.

        Mr. Farris died after his 1992 Chevrolet Lumina went left-of-center and struck two trees in the 1700 block of Woodsdale Road. The crash occurred just after 10:30 p.m. Friday.

        A passenger, Harry Rose, 49, of Liberty Township, was taken by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Mr. Rose was listed in critical condition Monday.

        The Butler County Coroner's Office ruled that Mr. Farris died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash.


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