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Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 10:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 12:12 AM
SPRINGFIELD TWP. — 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.
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.
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.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:05 PM
— 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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM
— 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.”
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.
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.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:39 PM
— 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.
"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.
"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.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:20 PM
SPRINGFIELD — 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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