Coroner: Driver dies after crashing car into Dayton funeral home

Published: Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 3:16 AM
Updated: Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 2:10 PM

Aftermath of car smashing into funeral home

UPDATE @ 2:10 p.m.:

The victim has been identified as Andwele Montgomery, 37, of Dayton. 

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UPDATE @ 9:15 a.m.: 

The driver of a car that slammed into a Dayton funeral home has died from their injuries, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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The identity of the victim was not available, pending notification of family. 

The crash was reported at H.H. Roberts Mortuary, near the intersection of South Gettysburg Avenue and West Third Street around 3 a.m.

Police said excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

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We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 7:30 a.m: All lanes on Gettysburg Avenue have reopened following a crash that involved a car smashing into a Dayton funeral home. 

Lanes in both directions were closed near West Third Street since the incident occurred Friday morning at 3 a.m.

UPDATE @ 6:40 a.m: Both southbound lanes on Gettysburg Avenue have reopened after a car crashed into a funeral home this morning. 

The northbound lanes remain closed near West Third Street.

We will continue to monitor for when the lanes reopen. 

UPDATE @ 4 a.m: Gettysburg Avenue will be closed in both directions for several hours after a vehicle crashed into a funeral home Friday morning.

Officials say they responded to H.H. Roberts Mortuary, located at 38 S. Gettysburg Ave., and found a male driver trapped in a vehicle that crashed into the structure around 3 a.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed the driver was traveling north on Gettysburg Avenue and lost control. This caused the vehicle to go up an embankment, hit a pole and a fire hydrant, and crash backwards into the funeral home, causing severe damage.

The vehicle went airborne at one point, witnesses told police. 

Once the driver was extricated from the vehicle, he was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

Excessive speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, police said. 

The investigation is in its early stage, so officials said they have not determined if  alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on scene of South Gettysburg Avenue after a vehicle crashed into a funeral home early Friday.

The incident was dispatched at H.H. Roberts Mortuary, Inc, located at 38 South Gettysburg Avenue around 3 a.m., per initial reports. 

Gettsyburg Avenue near West Third Street is closed in both directions. 

We are working to learn more details and will continue to update this story. 

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