18-year-old pedestrian killed in Warren County; driver thought he hit a deer

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:41 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

Skyler Ludington, 18, of Shelby County, dies in hit-and-run outside Springboro

UPDATE, 10:28 a.m.: State troopers are trying to determine what caused the fatal hit-and-run crash Thursday night in Warren County that claimed the life of 18-year-old Skyler P. Ludington of Shelby County.  

The driver suspected in the crash, Robert C. Pietrantonio, 55, was found at his home nearby off Yankee Road in Washington Twp., Sgt.James Sparkman of the Ohio Highway Patrol said this morning.  

“He thought he hit a deer and continued on,” Sparkman said. “He didn’t go very far.”  

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Investigators are working to determine if alcohol was a factor in the accident, seeking results of blood-alcohol tests for Pietrantonio.  

They also are seeking to determine whether Ludington, who was walking near his father’s home on Sycamore Trails Drive in Springboro, was in the road when he was hit on Lytle-Five Points Road, just west of the intersection at Bunnell Hill Road in Clearcreek Twp.  

Ludington lived in the Botkins area in Shelby County but reportedly was visiting his father. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  

His father came to the scene soon after the crash.  

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Toxicology tests on Ludington were also pending, although there was no evidence he was under the influence of any controlled substances, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren county Coroner’s Office.  

Pietrantonio, who was uninjured, called 911 to report apparently hitting a deer, but hung up. He was tracked through a combination of information, including his phone number and GPS coordinates sent to the communications center in Lebanon after the airbag on his 2015 Ford F-150 deployed, according to Sparkman.  

Several witnesses reportedly saw the crash, but it remained unclear if when he was hit, Ludington was in the road, within a narrow section of berm just east or on a wider section where his body was found Road about 10:40 p.m. Thursday nearly three driveways west of the intersection on the north side of Lytle-Five Points.  

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Accident reconstruction is also expected to help determine if Pietrantonio was speeding at the time of the accident.  

“We’re trying to rule out all factors,” Sparkman added.  No charges have been filed. Troopers are expected to present the case directly to the Warren County prosecutor’s Office.

UPDATE @ 5:47 a.m: 18-year-old Skyler P. Ludington of Botkins, Ohio, was the victim in a fatal pedestrian strike that occurred in Warren County Thursday night, according to a release.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Robert C. Pietrantonio, 55, of Dayton was the driver of a 2015 Ford F-150 that struck Ludington around 11:40 p.m.

Pietrantonio was traveling west on W. Lytle-Five Points Road when he struck Ludington who was walking westbound on W. Lytle-Five Points road, according to the report. Pietrantonio left the scene of the crash, but was later located at his residence in Washington Twp., along with the vehicle believed to be involved in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lebanon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, but alcohol is being considered a potential factor in the crash. 

UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m: An 18-year-old male is the victim in a fatal pedestrian strike that occurred in Warren County late Thursday night, according to officials. 

The incident occurred on Yankee Road at Lytle-Five Points Road around 11 p.m.

Warren County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the incident.

We’re working to learn the identity of the 18-year-old. 

INITIAL REPORT

Warren County sheriff's deputies have located a white pickup truck they believe was involved in a fatal pedestrian strike late Thanksgiving Night. 

We're hearing that the accident occurred in northern Warren County and a white Ford F150 was driven from the scene headed north on Yankee Street. 

The pedestrian strike reportedly occurred sometime around 11 p.m. 

Deputies located the pickup truck just after 11:30 p.m. at a residence on Redsunset Drive, off Yankee Street in Washington Twp.

We have a crew on scene, waiting to speak with one of the officers. 

We will update this developing report as we get information. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Homemade bottle bomb found along Island MetroPark bikepath

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning. 

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Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field around 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, Lt. Mark Arendt of the Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division said. 

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The device was found partially burnt-up and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said. 

Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated. 

“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.” 

The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said. 

No injuries were reported. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Police: Wrong-way driver causes fatal downtown Dayton crash

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.:

A wrong-way driver caused a crash that killed one person in downtown Dayton Tuesday morning, according to police. 

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Officers were dispatched to a report of a crash with one person trapped near the intersection of West Fifth Street and South Perry Street around 9 a.m. 

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Investigators said a red car traveled the wrong direction on West Fifth Street and crashed into the silver car, sending the silver car into a pole. The crash killed one person, but investigators didn’t indicate which vehicle that person was in. 

The identity of the victim will not be released until family has been notified.

Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets. 

“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said. 

I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.” 

The intersection was reopened by police around 11:30 a.m.

Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 10 a.m.:

One person has died following a crash near the intersection of West Fifth and South Perry streets in downtown Dayton, according to dispatchers. 

Police continue to block West Fifth street near the bridge and South Perry Street is blocked at West Fourth Street. 

We’ll update this page as more details become available. 

FIRST REPORT

A driver is reportedly trapped inside their vehicle following a crash in downtown Dayton on West Fifth Street Tuesday morning. 

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The crash was reported at the intersection of West Fifth South Perry streets and near Sinclair College, around 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

Police have requested a crash reconstruction to the scene to investigate the crash, according to our crew on the scene. 

The condition of the driver was not immediately available. 

Police have blocked eastbound West Fifth Street at the bridge and South Perry Street at West Fourth Street for the investigation. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Warren County drivers to pay $5 more for vehicle registration

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:38 AM


            Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison will have another $1.1 million for road and bridge projects since the county commissioners approved a $5 increase in motor vehicle fees. He stands in front of a list of counties that have added the fee. STAFF / LAWRENCE BUDD
            Lawrence Budd
Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison will have another $1.1 million for road and bridge projects since the county commissioners approved a $5 increase in motor vehicle fees. He stands in front of a list of counties that have added the fee. STAFF / LAWRENCE BUDD(Lawrence Budd)

Warren County vehicle owners will pay another $5 for registration next year.

This morning, the county commissioners approved the increase, which is expected to raise another $1.1 million a year for road and bridge projects.

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Revenue from the existing fee, increased in phases since 1968, is shared with other local governments.

“We’re really falling behind,” County Engineer Neil Tunison said. “We’re doing about a third of the roads we need to do.”

Warren County would be the 14th in Ohio to add the charge, joining Montgomery, Hamilton and Clermont counties in the Miami Valley. The new fee was authorized by Ohio lawmakers in 2017, Tunison said.

Tunison said some of the new money would fund local matches on major projects funded primarily with state or federal funds.

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County Commissioner Dave Young noted this was the first increase in 13 years and said good roads were part of keeping Warren County an attractive place for businesses and residents.

“I’m not even going to blink an eye,” Young said.

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There were no comments from the public in two public hearings preceding Tuesday’s unanimous vote by the commissioners.

Commissioner Tom Grossmann said he was not planning to vote for the increase.

“You convinced me,” Grossmann said.

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The county engineer’s office’s annual budget is about $8.4 million in revenue, $6.1 million from the vehicle registration fees and $2.3 million from gas tax.

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Ohio police dog struck, killed by car: ‘Play ball in heaven, my buddy’

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM

BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.

A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.

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“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook. 

The police department will post more information about a memorial when details are finalized. 

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