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Victim ‘serious’ in heroin-suspected OVI crash

Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 3:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

            Car crashes caused by heroin users on the rise
Car crashes caused by heroin users on the rise

UPDATE @10:13 a.m. 11/12

Christopher Biddle is listed in serious condition this morning following yesterday’s crash, according to a Miami Valley Hospital official.


The Ohio State Patrol intends to pursue criminal charges against the driver of a car that continued through a stop sign on North Diamond Mill and split another car in half on impact, sending that driver to Miami Valley Hospital suffering from serious injuries.


  • Troopers believe the driver of the at-fault car was under the influence of heroin
  • Half the car that was destroyed hit a school bus. The other half hit a UPS delivery truck
  • The bus driver, the children on the bus and the UPS driver were not injured


UPDATE @ 8:16 p.m.: The driver of the at-fault car is Kelly Hooks, 35, of Celina in Mercer County. She initially refused to answer questions, but later submitted to having a blood sample taken for evidence.

Her passenger was released and will not be charged, OSP Sgt. Frank Simmons said.

Christopher Biddle, the victim whose car was split in half, is 27 and from West Alexandria. His condition was not immediately known, but was believed to still be serious.

Simmons said OSP will be pursuing charges of aggravated vehicular assault and OVI.

UPDATE @ 5 p.m.: The driver of the car that ran through a stop sign on North Diamond Mill Road and split another car in half on impact was believed to be under the influence of heroin, Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Frank Simmons said.

The female driver was given a field sobriety test, he said, and that’s when troopers made their determination.

“My troopers have reason to believe she is under the influence of heroin at this time,” Simmons said. A subsequent search of the vehicle the female was driving turned up “some anti-heroin capsules.” That search did not initially locate any heroin, he said.

The female driver has been taken into custody. Her male passenger is being detained under investigative custody, Simmons said.

UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m.

The driver of a Honda Civic is in critical condition and is being transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital following a crash involving another car and a school bus on near North Diamond Mill and National roads.

The impact split the silver Civic in two.

Troopers say the driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix headed north on Diamond Mill ran a stop sign and hit the Civic, sending it in to a parked UPS truck. The Grand Prix then hit a Brookville school bus with 10 to 15 students on board. No students were injured and were put on to another bus to be taken home.

The driver of the Grand Prix was taken in to custody. It is not clear what charges the driver may face if any, or if speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m.

A Brookville local school bus was apparently involved in the crash, but it does not appear to be damaged.

Early reports indicated there were no injuries on the bus. CareFlight landed in a field nearby.

Early reports indicated one person suffered serious injuries.

There appear to be four vehicles involved, including a UPS delivery van.

The car with the most damage appears to have been cut in half. The rear part of the vehicle is up against the UPS truck and the front of the vehicle is in the front yard near a utility pole.


A crash involving a bus has been reported at North Diamond Mill and National roads in Clay Twp.

Multiple medics and CareFlight were dispatched shortly after 3 p.m.

We have crews en route and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM


UPDATE @ 4 p.m.

A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy.

Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early this morning. He is being held without bond.

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A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton.

The Amish family who lives in the Maplewood area all were ejected from a buggy that was struck from behind just before 9 p.m. Friday on state Route 47 near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County line.


UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.

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The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.


Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

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Victims in double fatal shooting outside Dayton club ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m.:

The two victims who died after a shooting this morning outside a Dayton nightclub been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.


Two people were killed in an early morning shooting outside Rick Jazz Lab.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue on a report of a shooting.

A 27-year-old man died at the scene and a woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department said.

The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, Schloss said.

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Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)

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2 arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM

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Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving Friday night in patrols in the area of OVI checkpoints held in Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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The sobriety checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. to midnight in Fairborn, Lt. Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Xenia Post said.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints through extra patrols in the area for the checkpoint, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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Police: Motorist drives into house, flees scene in Troy

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:07 AM

Police are looking for a suspect who drove into the side of a house early this morning.

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Crews were dispatched around 2:15 a.m. to the 400 block of East Staunton Road on reports of a vehicle into a structure.

The motorist didn’t stay at the scene and drove away after causing significant damage to the house, Sgt. Zac Mumford of the Troy Police Department said.

The vehicle was found unoccupied a couple blocks away with significant damage.

Residents were home at the time but no one was injured, Mumford said. 

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