Driver ID’d in Warren Co. crash that killed 4

Published: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:07 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

The Ohio Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation has determined Jonathan Kroninger, 21, of Massie Township, was driving at the time of the fatal crash on November 21 in rural Warren County.

Kroninger, 21, of Massie Twp., Benjamin Edwards, 26, of Oregonia, Brittany Gerondale, 26, of Morrow, and Rose Feltner, 22, of New Vienna, were pronounced dead at the scene dead after the northbound 1995 Ford F-250 truck they were in went off the west side of Harveysburg Road in Massie Twp., near I-71 and Caesar Creek Lake.

While awaiting DNA evidence results, troopers released results of the initial crash report and accident reconstruction Wednesday.

All four victims were thrown from the truck, owned by Edwards, apparently in pairs about 75 feet apart, according to investigators. The truck left a trail of evidence, including beer cans and a floor mat found in a tree.

The car apparently initially lost control in a curve just south of the crash site and went off the road in the farm yard. The road, near Interstate 71, was blocked for about six hours at both ends while emergency crews worked.

On Wednesday, Sgt. Charlie Scales, the accident reconstruction expert on the case, said evidence, including clothing samples, pinpointing where they struck the interior of the truck and were ejected was used in reaching the preliminary result.

“Rollover crashes are probably the most difficult to determine,” Scales said.

Investigation continues, while investigators await DNA tests and toxicology results indicating whether drinking contributed to the crash.

The victims had just left a nearby party where Kroninger lived. At least some of victims had been drinking and playing cards, according to witnesses.

“Alcohol is suspected,” Sgt. Charles O’Bryon said.

Kroninger also was driving “well in excess of the speed limit,” Scales said, while still developing calculations of the actual speed.

The fatalities, on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, brought to 13 the number of area traffic deaths in recent weeks.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 3:53 AM

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No issues have been reported. 

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Surface Street Incidents

  • At Washington Twin and East Lexington roads near Eaton, semitrailer involved crash reported at 7:15 a.m. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • I-75 south near North Main Street in Dayton, lane closure May 1st – 26th. Two southbound lanes will remain open.
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 south Ramp to Northwoods Boulevard, ramp closure May 25th between of 9 am and 3 pm. The suggested detour from ODOT is: I-75 south to US 40 to I-75 north to Northwoods Boulevard
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures May 15th – June 6th between 6 pm and 6 am. Two lanes will be closed starting at 9 pm. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street.
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15th – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • SR 202 between Ross Road and US 40, road closure May 22nd through 31st. The official detour is: US 40 to I-75 to SR 571 to SR 202
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 

CLARK COUNTY 

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 56 at Silvers Road, road closure May 22nd through the 26th. The official detour is: SR 4 to SR 29 to SR 187 to SR 56.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, road closure May 25th through June 2nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721
  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

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Police search for victim after shooting reported in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 5:29 AM

Dayton police are searching for a victim after a shooting was reported near the intersection of Burkhardt Avenue and South Jersey Street. 

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Officers and medics were dispatched to the intersection around 5:10 a.m. after receiving a report of a person shot. 

Initial reports indicate a woman called 911 after she was approached by two people who said there was a shooting victim in the area. 

No victim has been located yet, and police are searching the area to locate the victim. Police told medics to cancel their response after they were unsuccessful in locating a victim.

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Hearing today for teen accused of murder in Fairmont student’s shooting death

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:53 AM

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A hearing is scheduled today that will decide if a 17-year-old will be tried as an adult on murder and other charges in the death of a Kettering Fairmont High School student.

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Prosecutors are seeking to try Kylen Jamal Gregory as an adult in the Sept. 4 shooting death of Ronnie Bowers outside AlterFest.

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Cincinnati officer hospitalized after contact with ‘illicit substance’

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:40 AM

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A Cincinnati police officer was hospitalized Tuesday after contact with an "unknown illicit substance" during a traffic stop, according to our partners at WCPO.

The officer reported the substance left him feeling sick and light-headed, according to the Cincinnati Police Department. 

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The officer was released from University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the substance has been sent to a lab for analysis. 

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