Alcohol is suspected in the wrong-way crash on I-675 in Beavercreek that killed Wright State University student Paige Patrick, Capt. Jeff Fiorita said.
Police suspect alcohol was a factor on the part of Ron Myer, who police said was driving the wrong way from 675 North to 844 on June 21 when he smashed into a car driven by Patrick.
Beavercreek police investigators are continuing to prepare the case to present to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, he said.
Patrick died Friday night after Myer, who was driving the wrong way on I-675 North, hit her vehicle.
Myer, who police said caused the crash, is not in jail and there are still no charges.
Police said they have video that shows the 53-year-old Wright-Patterson Air Force Base civilian employee going the wrong way on the 844 ramp from I-675 shortly before the crash.
Despite the video, Myer hasn’t been arrested.
Tom Hagel, a University of Dayton professor of law emeritus, told News Center 7 that Myer isn’t in jail because prosecutors are working to get all the facts of the case together.
“This is in a sense an open-and-shut case,” he said.
“We know how this happened. We know how this person died. We know who was driving the vehicle, so it’s just a matter of putting the facts together in terms of speed, direction, any eye witnesses that need to be interviewed; all of this,” he said.
Hagel thinks there will be charges filed by the end of the week.
We will continue to follow this story as more information is released.