80-year-old Medway woman charged in fatal crash

Published: Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 6:38 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ 11:36 PM

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m. (Oct. 21): An 80-year-old Medway woman faces a vehicular manslaughter charge in connection with a May crash that killed a 28-year-old Fairborn man.

Shirley Seaman, of Rea Road, pleaded not guilty Monday in Clark County Municipal Court.

Karl Benge was driving a Ford Ranger pickup and was heading south on May 7 in the 1800 block of Medway New Carlisle Road. Seaman, headed north on Medway New Carlisle Road in her Buick LaCrosse, turned left to enter the Country Haven Mobile Home Park where she lives. She did not yield to the pickup and turned into its path, he said.

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Benge tried to avoid the crash but couldn’t, according to an accident report, and his truck rolled and came to rest on its side. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt and died at the scene after he was partially ejected in the crash.

Seaman was treated at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

FIRST REPORT (May 7)

The collision on Medway New Carlisle Road that left a 28-year-old Fairborn man dead and sent an 80-year-old Medway woman to a hospital is an unfortunate accident, said Sgt. Jason Cadle, Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield post.

The crash was reported shortly before 6 p.m. in the 1800 block of Medway New Carilsle Road near the Country Haven Mobile Home Park.

Trailing the truck were family members of the Fairborn man, identified as Karl Benge, Cadle said, and they were on scene shortly after the accident. Troopers and Bethel Twp. fire/rescue workers don’t believe any of the family members saw the collision, he said.

The other driver, Shirley Seaman of Medway, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. Her condition was not immediately known.

Medway New Carlisle Road has since reopened.

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