Urbana teen killed in Champaign Co. crash on Ohio 235

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 11:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Vigil held for Urbana teen killed in Champaign Co. crash (Photo of Sara Hess courtesy of Graham High School)

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m. (Nov. 4)

Grief counselors will be at Graham High School through 2 p.m. after 15-year-old Sara Hess was killed Friday night in a two-car crash on Ohio 235 near Rosewell.

Hess, a sophomore, was pronounced dead at the crash scene near Shanley Road. 

A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school, 7800 U.S. 36. School officials said grief counselors also will be at the school Monday.

Hess was a passenger in a 2005 Honda Accord driven by a fellow Graham student, 17-year-old Gabe Wier. He was taken in serious condition to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, then to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

School officials said this afternoon Weir was in stable condition and that he “wants everyone to know he is OK.” His family asked for no more visitors in the short-term to let him heal.

Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin identified the driver of the 1997 Honda Civic that rear-ended the Accord as 27-year-old Dylan Lambert of St. Paris. Melvin said he and his passenger, 32-year-old Clint Miller of Urbana, were flown to Miami Valley Hospital, where Miller was listed in critical condition. Lambert’s condition was unknown. 

UPDATE @ 10:11 a.m. (Nov. 4)

An Urbana teen is dead after the car she was riding in was rear ended on Ohio 235 Friday night, according to the Champaign County Sheriff's Office. 

Sara Hess, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash while the 17-year-old driver, Gabe Wier, is in serious condition at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney. 

A preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a 1997 Honda Civic rear ended the 2005 Honda Accord both teens were riding in. 

According to deputies the driver and passenger in the Civic were flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

A spokesman for Graham High School said Hess and Wier are students at the school. 

"We will provide more information and ways you can support these Graham families as we are able to release it," Kirk Koennecke said. 

Koennecke said grief counseling will be available at the school from noon to 2 p.m. today. 

"Our thoughts are with our families and students at this time," Koennecke said.

Koennecke said the district has been in contact with the families of both students involved in the crash, including Hess' mother is a district staff member.

The school district has canceled all events scheduled for this weekend and a candlelight vigil will take place in front of the high school this evening. 


One person is dead and several people were injured late Friday night after a two-vehicle crash in Champaign County.

The crash was reported around 11:10 p.m. on North state Route 235 at the intersection with Shanley Road, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

The county coroner has been requested to the scene.

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Officials continue to investigate pedestrian strike in Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:09 AM

Pedestrian strike in Trotwood

Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Semi swerves to avoid deer, ends up in mud in Preble County

The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.

A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck. 

Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive is currently blocked off.

We’re working to learn more details on the ordeal and will continue to update this story as they become available. 

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Expect wet week to continue and increase threat of flooding

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:28 PM

A few showers are expected in the Dayton area today, with more rain expected later this week.


  • Showers stay mainly north tonight
  • Record-breaking temperatures expected Tuesday
  • Heavy rain threat to end the week 

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Overnight:  Expect variable clouds through the night as weather stays mild, with temperatures holding near 60 degrees.

Tuesday:  Expect a mix of sun and clouds and unseasonably warm temperatures during the afternoon. It will be windy at times with temperatures pushing to record levels, in the lower 70s. Showers and even a few thunderstorms will move into the Miami Valley Tuesday evening.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Rain will be likely through the day. A few thunderstorms will be possible in the morning. It will be breezy with falling temperatures. Early highs in the lower 60s are expected.

Thursday: Expect a brief period of freezing rain or a wintry mix mainly north of I-70 in the morning. There will be the chance of rain showers in the south with temperatures starting the day in the lower to middle 30s and rebounding into the middle 40s. Expect a break in the precipitation during the afternoon and evening.

>> 5-day forecast

Friday: Rain will return along with a chance for a few thunderstorms. The rain may get heavy at times late. This will increase the threat for flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Saturday:  Rain will be likely. The rain may be heavy at times and could lead to localized flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:38 AM

FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water
FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water

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Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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Semi swerves to avoid deer, ends up in mud off state Route 503 in Preble County

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:37 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:31 PM

UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.: A trucker on his way from Lewisburg to Middletown to pick up a load of steel swerved on state Route 503 North to avoid several deer to end up stuck in the mud off the right side of the highway, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. 

The semitrailer hit utility poles and trees, and brought down phone and cable lines on its way to its muddy resting place in Preble County between West Alexandria and Lewisburg.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: 2 men found dead of apparent gunshot wounds

The trucker, who owns the rig, was not injured.

Wreckers are on scene to pull the rig out of the muck. A trooper tells us the state patrol has not decided whether to cite the man on a traffic violation. 

The trooper said the road, which has been closed between Pyrmont and Falls roads, will be partially opened while the wreckers work to free the rig.

UPDATE @ 7:54 p.m.:

State Route 503 is closed between Pyrmont Road and Falls Road after a semi turned over in a ditch in Lewisburg.


A part of State Route 503 is blocked after a semi turned on its side in a ditch, hitting a fence in Preble County Monday around 6:50 p.m..

A phone line is down, according to Preble County Sheriff’s Department.

Fire and medics are on scene but injuries are not known at this time.

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