WEST CARROLLTON — UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.
Police say the driver of the car found in the creek, earlier identified as 21-year-old Leeroy Heard of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was driving south on I-75 when his car traveled off the highway and crashed into the water.
West Carrollton Police say Heard’s car went off the the left side of the interstate, just missing a stretch of guardrail there. Officers say this allowed his car to travel into the grass median.
The car continued several hundred feet down the grass median before it dropped into Holes Creek, which runs into the Great Miami River just north of East Central Avenue and I-75. It was pulled from this spot Sunday morning.
West Carrollton officers say they’re working to figure out what let to the crash and what time the wreck actually happened; those details remain under investigation.
UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.
The body recovered from the Miami river near I-75 and East Dixie Drive was named this evening by the coroner’s office.
Leeroy Heard, 21, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was pronounced dead following a report made around 8:45 a.m. that a vehicle was seen in the river.
INITIAL REPORT @ 12:47 p.m.
One body was recovered from the river after emergency crews removed a submerged car in the area of I-75 and East Dixie Drive in West Carrollton Sunday morning.
At around 8:45 a.m., police received a report from a third party describing what they believed to be tires sticking up from the water.
The coroner was requested to the scene and confirmed that one victim was deceased.
Police say they do not believe the car has been in the water for an extended period of time.
A tow truck was on scene to help remove the vehicle.
We are working to learn how the car ended up in the river as well as the identity of the victim from the coroner’s office.
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