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Student killed in I-675 crash is ‘tragic loss’ to CSU campus

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

DeAngelo Byrd
(DeAngelo Byrd)

Students and staff members at Central State University are grieving after a student was killed and three others were hurt in a crash Monday, only two months after a fatal crash that impacted the campus as well as Wilberforce University. 

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Trayvon Trammer, 20, died of the injuries he suffered when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended on I-675 North, just north of the U.S. 35 interchange, according to Beavercreek police.  

Three other CSU students who were in the same vehicle were injured and taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment: Kennise Hicks, 20, Caleb Upton, 18, and Andrew Clark, age unavailable. 

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Their conditions were not available Tuesday.

The driver of the pickup truck that rear-ended the car, 34-year-old John Tokarz, was taken to Soin Medical Center where he was treated and released.  

The crash shut down northbound lanes for much of Monday afternoon.

(DeAngelo Byrd/Staff)


Police said the at-fault driver is still being determined. Preliminary findings indicate the car with the CSU students was traveling slowly with a spare tire in the right lane when it was struck by the pickup truck.  

CareFlight was called to the crash and landed on the highway. Northbound lanes were shut down for several hours while crews worked to investigate and clear the scene. 

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A statement from CSU President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond was posted to the university’s Facebook page. 

Grief counselors were made available to students Monday evening at the University Student Center. Counselors were also on-hand Tuesday, according to Jackson-Hammond’s statement. 

“Our collective hearts go out to the families of all of those students, and the University will do whatever it can to assist those affected,” eads Jackson-Hammond’s statement on Facebook. “We ask that you pray for the students and their families … I encourage all of you to be prayerful and safe in your travels.”

(DeAngelo Byrd/Staff)


Destany Wright, a sophomore at CSU, said she met the male student who died in the crash this year. She said it still feels “unreal,” because she would see him on campus everyday. 

“I’m trying to keep myself together. This happened so fast. I want to cry but I’m trying to hold it in,” Wright said. 

Wright said CSU students just returned from the holiday break and word about the crash spread quickly on the small campus Monday afternoon. 

“Everybody is sad and crying because everybody had relationships with all of them who were in the car,” she said. “Everybody is trying to get themselves together.” 

Danielle Begin, a CSU freshman, said she also met those involved in the crash this fall. 

“We was all pretty cool, close. Hung out like a lot, like, dang near everyday,” Begin said. “There’s a lot of people that’s sad. In my 8 a.m. class, a boy used it as his current event. The whole class was in a mourning process. Everybody is going through it.” 

This is the second fatal crash that has impacted CSU’s campus this year. 

In September, an early morning crash on North Bickett Road in Wilberforce took the life of Alexandria Austin, a Wilberforce University student, and critically injured the driver, Shala Sylvaster, an 18-year-old CSU student. Two other Wilberforce students were hospitalized for weeks after suffering critical injuries in the crash. 

Sylvaster remained in critical condition last month when she was transported to a hospital closer to her hometown in Michigan. 

Updates on her condition and the others who survived the crash were not immediately available. 

Danielle Begin agreed that it’s been a tough year for CSU students. 

“It’s overwhelming. Things just keep happening too frequently,” she said. 


(DeAngelo Byrd/Staff)

Greene County has seen a spike in fatal crashes overall this year. As of this week, there have been 15 fatal crashes, resulting in the deaths of 20 people, according to statistics provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. By comparison, there were 10 fatal crashes resulting in 11 deaths in 2016. 

MORE >>>Xenia man and dog killed in 3-vehicle crash 

Prior to Monday’s incident, the last fatal crash in the county happened Nov. 22 at Ohio 72 and Clifton Road, where 25-year-old Zachary McDaniel, of Xenia, was killed when his vehicle collided with a dump truck. 

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Smoke, flames from Fairfield apartment building prompts crews to respond 

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Cause of Xenia house fire on Glen Kegley Drive under investigation

Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.

We will continue to update this story as additional details become available. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:14 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • None to report.

Surface Street Incidents:

  • None to report.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • 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.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • 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.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 


  • 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. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Kettering residents can learn about neighborhood crime with a mouse click

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:23 PM

Lyn Grant has gotten comfortable during the nearly 40 years she has lived in Kettering.

But she's not naive enough to allow her comfort to lull her into unrealistic feelings of safety. 

"I've notice the neighborhood changing a little bit," Grant told News Center 7's Lauren Clark on Monday evening. "We had a car stolen once." 

To keep tabs on her neighborhood and its surroundings, Grant said she'll probably make use of a new online  crime-mapping tool the police department is offering in partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions "to be aware, to be on the lookout." 

The tool, Community Crime Map, makes information easily available for Grant and her neighbors who want to monitor crime. 

According to Kettering police officials, Grant and people like her inspired the department to partner with LexisNexis to create the crime-mapping tool. 

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It's easy to use: 

 * Either enter your ZIP code or select OH-Kettering from the pull down list of communities 

 * You can also search by date range and event 

 * All incidents in the area you select will display on the map by type of crime 

 * The Data Grid tab displays crime information by incident type, date, location 

 * The Analytics tab displays graphs and charts of crimes by type, by day of the week and time of day 

 * In the top right corner of the page, you can sign up for daily, weekly or monthly crime alerts by incident type 

Residents also can sign up to receive crime alerts and neighborhood watch email reports of recent crimes from the police department. 

Miami Twp. recently contracted with LexisNexis to provide the service. Troy in Miami County and Bellbrook in Greene County are doing the same. 

If your community has partnered with LexisNexis, you too can find out crime data for where you live.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

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Winter storm: Freezing rain, sleet and snow taking aim at region

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:34 PM

Spring may be about to arrive, but winter will not give up without a fight. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for all of the Miami Valley at 8pm Tuesday and continue through much of Wednesday. A wintry mix Tuesday will change to snow by evening and increase in coverage and intensity Tuesday night. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches will be likely, with isolated higher amounts.

Spring will officially arrive at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region over the next 48 hours. 

RELATED: Winter Weather Advisory in effect 

Precipitation is expected to develop early Tuesday morning across the far southern Miami Valley and spread northward toward I-70 by daybreak. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but as temperatures drop toward daybreak, a band of freezing rain is possible.

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The morning commute may not be too bad, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

"The last few days of mild temperatures has helped push road surface temperatures well above freezing. That means that main roads should just be wet early Tuesday," he said. "However, elevated surfaces like cars, bridges and decks could become slippery."

SEE: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

But the wintry weather won't be over yet. 

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. Tuesday and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A break in the precipitation is expected midday Tuesday before returning in the evening. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity Tuesday night, Elwell.

"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.

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This is something we'll have to watch closely as new model data comes in." 

Motorists should prepare for a slow morning commute Wednesday with improving conditions in the afternoon, he said.

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