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Name of woman killed in crash on Ohio 503 released

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 6:08 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

A woman was reportedly killed in a head-on accident between Lewisburg and West Alexandria Tuesday.

UPDATE @8 a.m. 4/17

The woman killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash in Preble County Tuesday evening has been identified.

Tara Redmond, 29, of Pitsburg in Darke County, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

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Redmond was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart northbound on Ohio 503 that traveled left of center and struck a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado head-on, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Just prior to the crash, another driver reported seeing the Dart driving erratically.

The driver of the Silverado, Eric Brubaker, 37, of Camden, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

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The woman killed in the head-on collision on Ohio 503 in Preble County was driving erratically just before the accident just south of Pyrmont Road Tuesday, Sheriff Mike Simpson said.

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A witness, who had been following the woman’s car for a period of time, told authorities the Sedan was all over the road, the sheriff said. The witness was about to telephone the sheriff’s office, because of the erratic driving, when the collision occurred just before 5 p.m.

The witness “indicated the car was northbound, was left of center; the pickup truck was southbound and unable to get out of the way,” Simpson said.

“We’re not sure what was going on inside the car,” he said. “At this point, we don’t suspect drugs or alcohol.”

Investigators will be looking to see if the woman had been using a cell phone.

“At this point, we don’t know why she as left of center,” the sheriff said.

The woman is only described as being in her 20s.

Officials won’t release the woman’s name or hometown until her relatives have been notified.

The driver of the pickup truck suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, Simpson said.

The driver of this pickup truck suffered non-life threatening injuries in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon in Preble County on state Route 503. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Ohio 503 was shut down in both directions while crews handled the wreck. 

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