Friday, November 16, 2001

NewCath students hurt in collision

Three were riding in bed of pickup

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — A wreck on Monmouth Street sent seven people to the hospital Thursday at noon, including Newport Central Catholic High School students riding in the bed of a pickup truck.

        “I didn't know a body could be flung that high in the air,” said Darin Curtis, 33, of Newport. He called 911 after witnessing the wreck.

        The pickup was attempting to make a left turn onto New Linden Road when it was struck by a Chevrolet Camaro traveling north on Monmouth, causing the pickup to flip onto its side, Mr. Curtis said.

        The drivers of both vehicles and the five passengers in the pickup truck were taken to area hospitals, said Newport Police Lt. Phil Liles.

        Kelly Thomas, age not available, of Newport was taken to St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas. His condition was not available Thursday evening. He was driving the Camaro.

        John Faye Jr., 16, the driver of the pickup, was taken to an unspecified hospital.

        Mr. Faye and his passengers were all Newport Central Catholic High School students leaving school after completing an exam, Lt. Liles said.

        Elizabeth Brown, 16, of Southgate and Bret Fields, 16, of Newport were passengers inside the pickup's cab.

        In the truck bed were Julie Bailey, 16, of Fort Thomas; Christina Manning, 16, of Newport; and Kevin Thelen, 16, of Bellevue.

        Ms. Bailey, Ms. Brown, Mr. Fields and Mr. Thelen were taken to St. Luke East. Their conditions were not available late Thursday.

        It was unclear which hospital Mr. Faye and Ms. Manning were taken to; their conditions were not available.

        Lt. Liles said charges may be filed, but the investigation was not complete. He said alcohol was not a factor in the wreck.


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