Woman struck by 2 cars on I-70 in Clark County identified as Kettering teen

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 10:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 12:12 AM

19-year-old Melissa Christophel from Kettering is at the hospital after she was hit by two cars trying to run across I-70. Her boyfriend is facing charges in connection with the incident.

The woman struck by two cars on Interstate 70 east Wednesday evening has been identified.

Marissa L. Christophel, 19, of Kettering, was attempting to cross I-70 to get back to her disabled vehicle when she was struck by a grey 2012 Honda Civic, driven by Jeffrey A. Black, 56, of Kettering, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Christophel was knocked into the air and landed on the ground still partially in the roadway. She was then struck by a gold 2000 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Terry L. Hirons, 38, of Springfield, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Christophel was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and is in stable condition.

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UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.: The young woman hit by two cars on I-70 East is at Miami Valley Hospital, where she is believed to have been stabilized, said Sgt. Jason Cadle, Springfield post, Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

The victim is believed to be 19 or 20 years old and from the Kettering area, Sgt. Cadle said. The male who was with her is believed to be her boyfriend. He was not injured. 

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According to the preliminary investigation, the first car hit the woman and rolled her down the interstate. She had been carrying a gasoline can and they both had run across the westbound and eastbound lanes, trying to return to their disabled vehicle. The second car ran over her legs, between her knees and ankles, in trying to swerve around her, Cadle said.

State patrol investigators are still working to determine why the two were where they were, along the interstate between U.S. 68 and state Route 72.

A woman, believed to be 19 or 20, was hit by two cars Wednesday night, Feb. 7, 2018, as she and a man believed to be her boyfriend were crossing I-70 in Clark County. (James Buechele/Staff)

Cadle said the walk to the nearest gas station would be a long one, one he understands could be done in the summertime but not on a winter night. The temperature in the area was reportedly in the teens, according to the most recent forecasts. 

"Pedestrians are not allowed to be out here walking. Period.... Call us. We'll help you out," Cadle said. "Interstate 70 is not a place for pedestrians to be on for any circumstances.... Don't be walking on the interstate."

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.: 

A 19-year-old woman was carrying a gasoline can when she was hit by one car while crossing I-70 East, in the company of a male, and run over by a second car, a state trooper said. 

She was believed to be carrying the gas can back to her car when she was struck. She was taken to a firehouse nearby by ambulance and from there flown to a hospital by CareFlight. 

There's no word about the male, who was not struck. He remains at the scene, speaking with troopers. 

Both are believed to be Dayton residents. 

One of the cars that hit the woman has a smashed windshield and appears to be heavily damaged. The second car is about a half-mile east of where she was hit.

UPDATE @ 10:08 p.m.: 

The far left lane of I-70 remains open as a woman who was hit on I-70 East is being ferried  to a hospital aboard CareFlight. 

Traffic is backed up to the U.S. 68 exit as the right lane has been shut down for the accident investigation.


A woman has been hit by a vehicle on I-70 East in Clark County, near the Cedarville exit, and CareFlight has been dispatched to the scene. 

The incident was reported about 9:25 p.m. and involves a woman who was standing outside her vehicle when she was struck, a dispatcher with the Springfield Post, Ohio State Highway Patrol, said. 

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Troopers are planning a partial shutdown of the interstate to accommodate the helicopter's landing zone, said to be just off the interstate near the Cedarville exit (state Route 72). 

We have a crew on the way to find out more. We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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Heavy rain moves out tonight but flood alerts continue

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:05 PM

Both strong winds and heavy rain are likely this evening in the Dayton area.

The heavy rain threat will come to an end overnight as the storm system moves to our east, but a few lingering showers will be possible through daybreak Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be steady in the middle to upper 40s overnight.


  • Flash Flood Warning until 2:15 a.m. for part of Warren County
  • Flood Watch until 10 a.m. Sunday for entire region
  • Flood Warning for parts of Greene and Warren counties along the Little Miami River
  • Along Great Miami River, Flood Warning from 11:18 p.m. to 7:32 p.m. Monday in Sidney in Shelby County; from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m. Monday near Middletown in Butler County

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

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Sunday: A pre-dawn shower is possible early, but aside from that clouds will decrease to allow for some afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 mph at times.

Severe Weather Threats(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

A Flood Watch is in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for the entire region(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R, other spots

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along rivers

As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”

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A Flood Warning is in effect through 5 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties. Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning goes into affect at 11:18 p.m. and lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m Monday in Butler County near Middletown.

There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

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The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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Daytonian shares Muhammad Ali’s favorite title belt and legacy

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President Jessie Vargas and Zab Judah
Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President Jessie Vargas and Zab Judah

The decorated green strip of leather was the first WBC title belt custom-made for a boxer, and that boxer was Muhammad Ali, according to Tony Shultz, a Daytonian who shares the belt with everyone he meets. 

The 39-year-old who lives in the Dayton View Triangle neighborhood is a former boxer who trained with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones Jr. 

Shultz said the belt was given to him at Ali's funeral by Ali's wife, Lonnie.

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"This was the first belt created for a champion," Shultz said. "It was created to divide all the weight divisions. This was the heavyweight championship belt and named the "Ali WBC Belt" because it would always have his image on it as the division's greatest champion." 

The belt has the signatures of many famous boxers — including Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and Neon Leon Spinks, who defeated Ali in 1978 in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. 

Shultz said the belt was Ali’s favorite and he often wore it around the house. 

"After he passed away, Lonnie (Ali's wife) decided that she wanted to keep the Ali legacy alive and the best way she could do that was having a belt in circulation," Shultz said. "All the other belts are either in the Ali Center, they're in the museum or his kids have them. This is actually the only Ali belt that's in circulation, outside of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' belt which just sold at a private auction." 

Shultz said he was given the belt on the condition that he share it with people and thus share Ali's legacy. 

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"Lonnie gave it to me, said 'Tony, here's the deal. I want you to have every champion that you know, every champion that you meet, sign it … have their story told. I want (to continue) Ali's legacy of humanity, his spirit of equality, fairness, and most importantly that of conquering any challenges," he said. 

At the last sparring session for Dayton Fight Night competitors at the Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Shultz brought the keepsake and let anybody who wanted to have a photo taken with it draped over their shoulder. 

Shultz will be sharing the amazing keepsake tonight at Memorial Hall at Dayton Fight Night. Tickets are $20. The doors open at 7 p.m.

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Hundreds join annual heart walk at Upper Valley Mall

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:20 PM

Clark Champaign County heart walk at Upper Valley Mall

More than 300 people, mostly in red, participated in the annual Clark and Champaign Counties Heart Walk today at the Upper Valley Mall.

The local walk joins efforts by the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and stroke. The annual event also featured vendor booths and a health fair, and was sponsored by Springfield Regional Medical Center.

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