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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. 

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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. 

Driver trapped after semi overturns in Xenia

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:53 PM

VIDEO FROM SCENE: Semi rollover in Xenia

UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.:

Federal Road remains shut down as a wrecker truck will work to flip the semi that had overturned in Xenia.

The scene will take at least a couple of hours to clear, but State Route 72 is open, OSP said.

According to OSP, the driver, a local man hauling machinery, hit a patch of snow and lost control of the semi. 

He was trapped in the cab but was able to get out prior to the sheriff’s arrival. 

He was not injured and will be cited with failure to control a vehicle, according to OSP.

 UPDATE @ 8:02 p.m.:

Federal Road is shut down at Wilmington Road after a semi rig overturned leaving the driver trapped, according to Greene County Sheriff’s dispatch.

FIRST REPORT:

A semi driver is trapped after the rig overturned on state Route 72 at Federal Road, east of Xenia. 

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According to Greene County Sheriff’s dispatch, Crews were dispatched just before 7:30 p.m.

We’re hearing the driver is not injured, but needs help getting out of the cab.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report.

Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be dangerous trick, experts say

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:54 PM

Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be a dangerous trick

Some drivers say they have a trick to keep from slipping and sliding in ice and snow -- they let some air out of their tires. 

Experts say it can help, but it can also be dangerous. 

Ralph Creamer of Dayton said it's a technique he started using years ago on the job. 

"I answered calls and I lowered the tire pressure and that helped me out," Creamer told News Center 7’s Rachel Murray. "It gives you good traction and I would recommend it if the snow is deep enough." 

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Under-inflation works by increasing the surface area of the tire - increasing the area where the rubber meets the road. 

"If you deflate it, the center goes in and it makes the shoulders more pronounced as a footprint on the snow," said Mark Breining, manager of Grismer Tire in Dayton. 

Breining cautions that low tires can be hazardous. 

Low tires create too much tire sidewall flex which makes steering sloppy and it could ruin your tires. 

"If a tire runs consistently below 25 percent of its recommended pressure, it is considered a run-flat over a period of time and should be replaced," said Breining. 

The drag created by under-inflated tires will also hit you in the wallet by decreasing gas mileage. 

If you are considering this tactic check with a professional first. 

Buying quality tires is an even better option than under-inflation, according to Breining.

Bitter cold temperatures to continue

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:27 AM

A cold day with a few flurries possible this evening.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

       
       
    • Wind chills to stay well below zero tonight
    • Slow warming trend begins midweek
    • Chance for rain this weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING:  Lots of clouds with occasional flurries. Little or snow accumulation is expected but a coating can’t be ruled out after sunset. Temperature will be frigid, holding in the single digits. Wind chills will be between 5 to 10 below zero. 

TONIGHT: Some flurries will be around, mainly early. Clouds will break late. Temperatures will drop to between 0 and 5 degrees with well below zero wind chill readings.

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WEDNESDAY: Another cold day is in the forecast although more sunshine is expected. Highs will reach to near 20 degrees.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

THURSDAY: Expect sunny skies with a slow warming trend continuing. However, the slightly warmer temperatures will be tempered by the breezy conditions. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

FRIDAY: Expect mostly sunny skies with some increase in clouds late. Highs will rebound into the middle 30s.

SATURDAY:  Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for a few showers or drizzle late in the day. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

SUNDAY: It will be breezy and relatively mild with highs topping out near 50 degrees. However, there will be the chance for showers.

Woman killed after house catches fire, explodes in Fairborn identified

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:03 AM

Woman who died in Fairborn fire identified

UPDATE @ 10:52 a.m. (Jan. 16):

The woman killed in a Fairborn house fire Monday has been identified as Nola O’Daniel, 71, of Fairborn, according to the Greene County Coroner’s Office.

Nola O'Daniel pictured on the left with a co-worker from the St. Francis Thrift Store at a Christmas party several years ago. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

O’Daniel had worked at the St. Francis Thrift Store in Fairborn for more than a decade, people who knew her said.

“Yesterday, when we heard the news, there was a lot of crying,” said Jackie Fahsnestock, who still works at the thrift store. “She had such a good heart, cared about everyone and she was funny.”

INITIAL REPORT

One woman was killed after her Fairborn home caught fire and exploded Monday morning.

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Firefighters responded to the 400 block of Forest Street around 10:50 a.m. after being flooded with calls about heavy smoke conditions from the fire, according to initial reports. 

Before their arrival, neighbors who heard the explosion and saw the smoke attempted to rescue the woman by creating a human chain to enter the home. 

“Everyone in the neighborhood ran toward the home trying to help the woman and protect her family from this kind of loss”, said neighbor Cathy Sheward.

Unfortunately, their efforts were unsuccessful due to the smoke being unbearable. 

While on scene, fire crews attempted to clear the smoke by cutting holes in the roof which prompted a search confirming the woman was inside the home, per officials. 

Crews did experience another explosion during the search, but there are no reports of injuries as a result. 

The Greene County Coroner’s office arrived shortly after the woman was pronounced dead on scene.

The identification of the woman is being withheld at this time until family has been notified. 

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

Forest Street fire in Fairborn
House fire on Forest Street, Fairborn, Jan. 15, 2018. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF