OSP: Heroin use suspected factor in Middletown crash into parked cars

A Middletown woman is in jail after troopers said she crashed into five parked cars while drugged, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Shannon Williams, 45, is charged with OVI, possession of heroin, possession of a Schedule IV drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Crews were called around 8:05 p.m. Friday  to Plymouth Street near Fernwood Street in Middletown.

Williams and two passengers in a 2004 Dodge Stratus were found unresponsive by medics at the scene, the patrol stated. They had been traveling eastbound on Plymouth Street when their car drifted off the right side of the roadway, striking five vehicles parked at ABW Automotive, 3120 Plymouth St.

All three occupants of the Stratus were found unresponsive by Middletown medics and were revived with Narcan, according to the highway patrol. Troopers cited heroin abuse as a contributing factor in the crashes.

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Josh Bilunka of ABW Automotive said a company-owned blue pickup truck was pushed between 30 and 40 feet toward the intersection of Fernwood Street. He said the pickup was totaled; it looked hunched over with its frame badly bent.

Bilunka wasn’t there when the wreck happened, but he saw the aftermath. After striking the pickup, the Stratus continued east and struck other cars parked on the automobile repair business’ lot.

“It’s sad,” Bilunka said about the wreck and prevalence of drugs in the city.

The crash remains under investigation.

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