Deadly weekend on Dayton-area roads, at least 7 dead

Published: Sunday, March 10, 2019 @ 8:12 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 10, 2019 @ 8:12 PM

Deadly crash shuts down I-675 in Fairborn

The Dayton region had an unusually high number of fatal vehicle accidents last weekend, claiming the lives of at least seven people.

Two people died after a black car carrying three passengers hit an RTA bus in Trotwood Sunday evening during a police pursuit.

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Free Pike and Ohio 49. The force of the crash forced the bus to tip over on its side. The car caught fire.

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Second person dies in fiery crash in Trotwood, victims identified

According to Trotwood police, there were three people inside a Pontiac who were being chased by a Trotwood officer who attempted to make a traffic stop on the car.

The car was speeding to get away and collided with the RTA bus. 

RTA Director Mark Donaghy said the bus "was broadsided by a car traveling in excess of 100 MPH fleeing police. The impact knocked the bus on its side and it slid quite a distance before resting at a guardrail. Our operator and 5 passengers were transported to 2 different hospitals and are receiving treatment. All are expected to be OK. The driver of the car died at the scene and a passenger ejected from the vehicle is not expected to survive.”

However, law enforcement has not released how fast the car was traveling because the crash is still under investigation, said Sgt. Dallas Root of the Dayton Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. 

Man, 25, dies in crash on 1-675

One person died in an early morning crash Sunday on I-675 between Ohio 235 and Ohio 444 left the roadway shut down for several hours.

Gerrick T. Copeland, 25, of Dayton, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post. Copeland was driving a Nissan Sentra.

The crash was reported about 6 a.m. Sunday when Copeland was traveling north on I-675 and lost control, crossed the median onto the southbound side, struck a guardrail, went airborne and flipped.

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The vehicle landed on its top then was hit by a Chrysler Pacifica that had been traveling south. The driver of the SUV was not injured in the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to a press release.

Dayton crash kills 2

Two people were killed in a crash on James H. McGee Boulevard and Philadelphia Drive about 8:10 p.m. Saturday when their car struck a utility pole.

“On officers’ arrival, they discovered the car was severed into two, along with a light pole that was damaged at a 45-degree angle,” said a Dayton police officer.

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Willie Finklea III, 19, and Melvin Gipp, 39, were pronounced dead at the scene, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

Dayton police said that speed is likely the cause of the accident.

A passerby called 911 to report the crash and as far as police are aware, no one witnessed the crash.

The road was closed for several hours and the crash remains under investigation. A crash reconstruction team was called to the scene.

2 die in crash near Cedarville

Two people died as a result of their injuries in a crash that occurred on Ohio 72 just south of Cedarville Saturday.

Marla J. Everhart, 66, was pronounced dead after she was transported to Greene Memorial Hospital. Everhart’s passenger, Lamarr T. Hamman, 90, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. John Chesser of the Green County patrol.

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The accident occurred about 11 a.m. Saturday when Everhart, who was driving a gold 2007 Kia, failed to stop at a stop sign on eastbound Federal Road, according to police.

She struck a white 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by D. Grim, 19, who was traveling north on Ohio 72. Grim and his passenger, Sara Lynn Givens, 19, were transported to Greene Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

News Center 7 reporter Tavares Jones contributed to this report.