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Woman struck by 2 cars on I-70 in Clark County identified as Kettering teen

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 10:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 12:12 AM

19-year-old Melissa Christophel from Kettering is at the hospital after she was hit by two cars trying to run across I-70. Her boyfriend is facing charges in connection with the incident.

The woman struck by two cars on Interstate 70 east Wednesday evening has been identified.

Marissa L. Christophel, 19, of Kettering, was attempting to cross I-70 to get back to her disabled vehicle when she was struck by a grey 2012 Honda Civic, driven by Jeffrey A. Black, 56, of Kettering, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Christophel was knocked into the air and landed on the ground still partially in the roadway. She was then struck by a gold 2000 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Terry L. Hirons, 38, of Springfield, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Christophel was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and is in stable condition.

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UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.: The young woman hit by two cars on I-70 East is at Miami Valley Hospital, where she is believed to have been stabilized, said Sgt. Jason Cadle, Springfield post, Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

The victim is believed to be 19 or 20 years old and from the Kettering area, Sgt. Cadle said. The male who was with her is believed to be her boyfriend. He was not injured. 

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According to the preliminary investigation, the first car hit the woman and rolled her down the interstate. She had been carrying a gasoline can and they both had run across the westbound and eastbound lanes, trying to return to their disabled vehicle. The second car ran over her legs, between her knees and ankles, in trying to swerve around her, Cadle said.

State patrol investigators are still working to determine why the two were where they were, along the interstate between U.S. 68 and state Route 72.

A woman, believed to be 19 or 20, was hit by two cars Wednesday night, Feb. 7, 2018, as she and a man believed to be her boyfriend were crossing I-70 in Clark County. (James Buechele/Staff)

Cadle said the walk to the nearest gas station would be a long one, one he understands could be done in the summertime but not on a winter night. The temperature in the area was reportedly in the teens, according to the most recent forecasts. 

"Pedestrians are not allowed to be out here walking. Period.... Call us. We'll help you out," Cadle said. "Interstate 70 is not a place for pedestrians to be on for any circumstances.... Don't be walking on the interstate."

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.: 

A 19-year-old woman was carrying a gasoline can when she was hit by one car while crossing I-70 East, in the company of a male, and run over by a second car, a state trooper said. 

She was believed to be carrying the gas can back to her car when she was struck. She was taken to a firehouse nearby by ambulance and from there flown to a hospital by CareFlight. 

There's no word about the male, who was not struck. He remains at the scene, speaking with troopers. 

Both are believed to be Dayton residents. 

One of the cars that hit the woman has a smashed windshield and appears to be heavily damaged. The second car is about a half-mile east of where she was hit.

UPDATE @ 10:08 p.m.: 

The far left lane of I-70 remains open as a woman who was hit on I-70 East is being ferried  to a hospital aboard CareFlight. 

Traffic is backed up to the U.S. 68 exit as the right lane has been shut down for the accident investigation.


A woman has been hit by a vehicle on I-70 East in Clark County, near the Cedarville exit, and CareFlight has been dispatched to the scene. 

The incident was reported about 9:25 p.m. and involves a woman who was standing outside her vehicle when she was struck, a dispatcher with the Springfield Post, Ohio State Highway Patrol, said. 

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Troopers are planning a partial shutdown of the interstate to accommodate the helicopter's landing zone, said to be just off the interstate near the Cedarville exit (state Route 72). 

We have a crew on the way to find out more. We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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1 YEAR LATER: Rebuilding continues after 5 tornadoes hit Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:14 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell warns of the dangerous tornado over the Park Layne community, May 24, 2017
Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell warns of the dangerous tornado over the Park Layne community, May 24, 2017

One year after five tornadoes hit in three counties across the Miami Valley, businesses are recovering and the Sunoco station in Park Layne is remembering the tornado outbreak by selling gas at the same price it was being sold for when a tornado hit the gas station.

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The Sunoco is selling gas for $2.39 a gallon Thursday.

Five tornadoes hit the Miami Valley one year ago, including two in Clark County, one in Greene County, one in Miami County and one in Warren County.  A sixth tornado hit just outside the Miami Valley in Fayette County.

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Temperatures soar, high UV index through Memorial Day weekend

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how warm we get today and how muggy it gets this weekend.

>> Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties


  • UV index very high today
  • Dry rest of work week
  • Hot, humid with storms this weekend 

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Mostly sunny and comfortably warm today with highs expected to reach the middle 80s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. 

“The UV index is very high again today. Wearing protective clothing and sunblock is advised,” Vrydaghs said. 

We’ll stay clear and quiet tonight with lows falling into the lower 60s. 

FRIDAY: Another dry day with highs in the middle 80s, so it’ll start to feel a little muggy. UV Index will be very high again. Sunny skies for the afternoon with a a few clouds at night. 

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar 

SATURDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds with lots of dry time during the day, but winds out of the south will help to increase moisture. Dew points climb and it will feel hot and humid as highs reach in the upper 80s. High humidity will make it feel like 90 (heat index). A few afternoon/early evening storms may develop.

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SUNDAY: Sun and clouds again with highs in the upper 80s, but even muggier for the day. The heat index values rise to the low 90s, but the UV Index will likely still be high. An afternoon pop up storm is possible again. 

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MONDAY: Dry time expected, especially early in the day. Another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 80s. Heat index values will be in the low 90s. A pop up storm is possible during the day with most spots looking to stay dry. 

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Salem Avenue shut down after reported pedestrian crash

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

Montgomery County Sheriff office is investigating a pedestrian strike

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.:

Deputies have now shut down both directions of Salem Avenue just south of Free Pike in Harrison Twp. after a reported pedestrian strike around 11:20 a.m. 

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Investigators were only blocking one lane of Salem Avenue until around 1:15 p.m. when the entire roadway was shut down. 

Reports indicate one person was transported to a hospital following the crash, but their condition wasn’t available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.


A lane of Salem Avenue is blocked and a business parking lot surrounded by police tape after a reported crash involving a pedestrian Thursday morning, according to initial reports.

The incident was reported around 11:20 a.m. in the 3800 block of Salem Avenue.

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It’s unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital or what the circumstances surrounding the reported crash were, however we’re working to gather those details.

The parking lot of Dayton Auto Repair was blocked while sheriff’s deputies investigated.

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Miamisburg police conducting investigation at Moraine waste treatment facility

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

Police are at the Solid Waste District in Moraine

We're working to learn more about a police investigation at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District in Moraine involving Miamisburg police.

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Officials said the FBI was requested for the investigation, but has since been told to not respond. Miamisburg police cruisers remain on the scene. 

The investigation involves evidence recovered from a Rumpke trash truck, according to a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Environmental Services. 

Additional details were not available from law enforcement officials.

We have a crew on the scene and we'll update this page as we learn more.

Miamisburg police at the Montgomery county solid waste district building

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