Funeral arrangements this weekend for Beavercreek kids killed in I-70 crash

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 9:48 AM

Funeral Services for 2 Kids after Fatal Crash

UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m. (July 26):

Finley and Brennen Bereda, the two children killed in a crash on I-70 last week, will be remembered Saturday at The Church of the Ascension in Kettering during a Mass of Christian Burial, according to an obituary.

The service will be held at the church, 2025 Woodman Drive, at 10:30 a.m.

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The family also will receive friends at the Tobias Funeral Home in Beavercreek, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Road, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

“Brennen was such a character, full of joy and loved life. He was kind-hearted and a buddy to all of his friends and cousins,” the obituary read.  “He was just like his daddy and loved to dance and laugh. He was the best big brother, and will be forever looking after his sister in Heaven, as he did here on earth.”

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According to the obituary, “Finley with her bright blue eyes, was the perfect baby girl her mommy always prayed for. She loved to play with her big brothers, giggle, and snuggle. She brought joy to all that knew her.”


Passing motorists attempted to save two Beavercreek children in the few minutes before Indiana State Troopers arrived at the Interstate 70 crash that killed them Tuesday, a trooper said.

The crash killed Finley and Brennen Bereda, ages 1 and 5, and sent their mother and driver Christina Bereda, 33, and sibling Jordan, 3, to hospitals in Indianapolis. Christina Bereda has been released.

Ascension Church in Kettering, where the Bereda family were parishioners before they moved to Missouri more than a year ago, will have a community prayer service for the family at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, church officials said. The church is located at 2025 Woodman Drive in Kettering.

A semi-truck hit the family’s van on Tuesday, said Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police.

“When the semi-truck hit the van in the rear, it pierced through it and sheered off the right side,” Watts said. “That’s the side that Finley and Brennen were sitting on. When bystanders pulled over to help, they extricated the kids from the car.”

“We had two troopers on the scene within five minutes,” Watts said. He said the two children “appeared to be severely injured and they were unconscious” when troopers arrived.

“There was a physician on the scene and he was working on one of the children.”

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According to ISP, the semitrailer failed to stop or avoid traffic approaching a construction zone when it hit the Bereda’s van, about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The semitrailer hit another semi after striking the Ohio family’s vehicle.

The driver of the semitrailer, 62-year-old Amritpal Singh, of Quebec, Canada, was taken to a hospital. The driver of the semi he hit, 57-year-old Russell Sims of Indianapolis, also was taken to a hospital.

According to ISP, prosecutors will review the incident for possible charges. Watts said authorities are running routine chemical and alcohol tests, but there is no indication Singh was intoxicated.

“Right now, we don’t know why he failed to stop,” Watts said.

Watts said the stretch of highway is “very busy” and has had its “share of crashes.”

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“There’s been construction in the Terre Haute area for about 5-6 years now,” he said.

But the volume of crashes did not make witnessing Tuesday’s scene any easier for troopers, Watts said.

“They were visibly shaken,” Watts said of his colleagues, who arrived on scene before him. “I’ve worked a lot of these things and they never get easier.”

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Police: Motorist drives into house, flees scene in Miami County

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

Troy police are looking for a suspect who drove into the side of a house in Troy Saturday.

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Crews were dispatched to 400 block of East Staunton Road around 2:15 a.m. 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, according to Sgt. Mumford of the Troy Police Department.

The vehicle was found a couple blocks away from the house but possible suspects were not found, Mumford said.

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

Mumford said the vehicle had significant damage to it.

It’s not known what caused the accident.

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Two arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

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

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Two OVI checkpoints and saturated patrolling took place in Beavercreek and Fairborn Friday night.

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It was reported that 510 motorists passed through the two checkpoints, according to Lieutenant Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

The checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. until midnight in Fairborn, according to Schmenk.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints by saturated patrols in the area, 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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Family Video robbed at knife-point in Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

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Police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a Family Video at knife-point in Dayton Friday.

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The suspect reportedly entered the location at 1910 Wayne Ave. just after 10:30 p.m., according to the employee working at the time.

A man in his late 20s to early 30s reportedly looked around the store before going behind the counter and pulling out a pocket knife, according to a Dayton police report.

The employee told police the man put the knife to the their stomach and demanded them to get on the ground. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the drawers before leaving out of the front door on foot, the report said.

It was not known which direction the suspect went.

A K-9 was requested to the scene, as well as an evidence technician, according to the report.

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The suspect is described as being between five foot six and five foot eight inches tall, thin with a dark mustache and brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath, a black and red hat and jeans, according to the report.

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Fire destroys barn in Shelby County

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:34 PM

A fire destroyed a barn Friday evening near Houston in Shelby County.

The blaze was reported sometime around 4 p.m. in the 2100 block of Patterson Halpin Road.

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Crews from multiple fire departments were called to the scene.

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