Visitation service announced for Dayton Christian School student killed in crash

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 7:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 1:15 PM

At least three cars were involved in a crash on state route 48 in Warren County

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m. (Feb. 14):

Visitation services for Thomas Williamitis, 16, who was killed in a crash in Clearcreek Twp. Tuesday were announced today.

According to St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church web site, a visitation for Thomas Williamitis will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Countryside Church of the Nazarene, 1436 Deerfield Road in Lebanon. An invitation-only requiem Mass is to be given on Friday.

UPDATE@ 2:01 p.m. (Feb. 13):

Williamtis at one point was a student at Lebanon Christian Schools, which posted the statement below on its Facebook page: 

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“It is with great sadness we announce the death of our former student, Tommy Williamitis, in an auto accident earlier this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williamitis family during this time. We will provide information for arrangements when they become available. Please remember Tony (and) Ann and their children in your prayers.

UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.

Thomas Williamitis, 16, was a sophomore at Dayton Christian School in Miamisburg, according to school officials.

UPDATE @ 12:05 p.m. 

Thomas Williamitis, 16, of Oregonia has been identified as the teen killed in a four-vehicle crash on Ohio 48 in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office. 

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Williamitis was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy is scheduled to be completed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, according to a media release. 

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The crash remains under investigation by the Lebanon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Additional details from troopers have not been released. 

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m.

Sgt. Chris Crisafi, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol post in Lebanon, said the northbound vehicle of the teenager killed had been struck by a second southbound vehicle.

Another driver was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with serious injuries. Two other minor injuries were reported. 

"We're taking measurements at the scene, photographs," Crisafi said. "We believe someone was en route to a school.”

Stay with News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy for the latest on this story today.

Teen killed in 4-vehicle crash on Ohio 48 in Warren County, Feb. 13, 2018. JAROD THRUSH/STAFF

UPDATE @ 10:25 a.m. 

State troopers said a male teenager was killed Tuesday in a four-vehicle crash on Ohio 48 in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County. 

An initial investigation found the teen’s vehicle went left of center for an unknown reason and crashed head-on into another vehicle, according to state troopers. 

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

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m. 

State troopers confirm at least one person has died in a three-vehicle crash on Ohio 48 in Clearcreek Twp. Tuesday morning. 

One person was transported by a medical helicopter to an area hospital, but investigators have not provided an update on the conditions of the other victims injured in the crash. 

Ohio 48 is blocked in both directions south of East Lytle 5 Points Road. 


A medical helicopter has been requested to serious, multi-vehicle crash on Ohio 48 in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County Tuesday morning. 

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Emergency crews were initially dispatched to the area of Ohio 48 near East Lytle 5 Points Road around 7:40 a.m. 

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Initial reports indicate the crash was head-on and involved at least three vehicles. Two people were trapped as a result of the crash, according to scanner traffic. 

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Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM

Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.

The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.

VIDEO: Beavercreek tornado of 2015

Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.

“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.

Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.

“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.

A tornado toppled cars and tore roofs off businesses at the Greene Crossing Shopping Center May 26, 2015, in Beavercreek. LISA POWELL / STAFF FILE

Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.

“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”

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The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.

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There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.

“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”

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Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

A bicyclist was killed late Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while headed west on West Main Street.

  • Bicyclist pronounced dead at scene
  • Victim’s identity not yet released
  • Motorist taken to hospital as precaution

The bicyclist was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main Street just before noon when he was ended up in the path of an oncoming SUV and was struck, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.

The victim, described as an older man from the Troy area, was not identified. 

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

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The driver of the SUV was not believed to be injured but was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy as a precaution.

The crash remains under investigation.

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People and pets participate in Humane Society’s annual Furry Skurry 5K

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

Furry Scurry 5K event on Saturday

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton held its 27th annual Furry Skurry 5K walk/run Saturday morning.

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People with their pets walked and ran to raise money to help care for homeless pets at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, according to Jessica Garringer of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

The event took place at Eastwood Metro Park at 9:30 a.m.

The Furry Skurry had live entertainment, arts, crafts, food truck rally, a kids play zone, a beverage tent and more according to Garringer.

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Community celebrates honorary street naming for Dean Lovelace

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Street named for former city commissioner Dean Lovelace

The family of Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton city commissioner, celebrated an honorary street renaming for him Saturday.

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Dean Lovelace Drive was unveiled at 11 a.m. at Madden Hills Drive in Dayton.

The ceremony also included a balloon release in memory of the late commissioner who died last year on Memorial Day weekend at the age of 71.

Dean Lovelace

He served as commissioner for 22 years and left the commission in 2016 for health reasons after finishing his sixth term.

Lovelace was described by friends and peers as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy residents of Dayton.

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