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Published: Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 7:34 AM
A wrong-way crash Friday added to the number of deaths Southwest Ohio interstate drivers have been involved in in recent years.
The Friday night crash killed a woman authorities have yet to identify on Interstate 675 north near the North Fairfield Road exit in Beavercreek.
She died after another vehicle driven by a male was going the wrong way on I-675 north, police said.
About 17 area deaths have occurred from area wrong-way wrecks since 2015. Other area deaths include:
• St. Patrick’s Day triple fatal: Three members of a Warren County family were killed March 17 on I-75 after being hit head on by a vehicle driven by a 21-year-old Xenia woman.
Police said Abby Michaels was northbound in the southbound lanes on I-75 about 8:10 p.m. when the Kia she was driving collided with a Camry carrying Mason residents Timmy and Karen Thompson, and their daughter, Tessa Thompson, 10.
The father, 51, and the daughter, 10, died at the scene while the mother, 50, was taken to a hospital, but did not survive, police said.
Police said Michaels had a blood alcohol content of .099 at the time of the crash. Charges are still being considered.
• I-70 crash kills one: A Huber Heights man was killed Nov. 27, 2017, near the Taywood Road overpass, according to state troopers.
Michael O’Shea, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene after he drove a Ford Explorer east in the westbound lanes of the highway, according to troopers.
Troopers said O’Shea sideswiped another vehicle before hitting a tractor-trailer rig. The truck driver walked away with minor injuries.
A truck driver who said he witnessed the crash reported O’Shea was driving counter to traffic without headlights before hitting a semi.
• OVI-related wreck kills 2 on I-675: The driver who police said caused a double-fatal accident Oct. 16, 2017, on Interstate 675 was intoxicated, according to coroner’s records.
Melvin Bonie of Beavercreek had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, according to the Montgomery County coroner’s report.
About 9:30 p.m., Centerville police said he drove northbound in the interstate’s southbound lanes, prompting the wreck that killed himself and Kalip Grimm of Miami Twp.
Grimm, a 2017 Miamisburg High School graduate, was less than a week away from celebrating his 19th birthday when the accident occurred just north of the interchange of Ohio 48, where police said Bonie entered the highway.
• Fiery downtown Dayton crash: The wrong-way driver in an April 30, 2017, fiery crash in Dayton, Andrew T. Brunsman, had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Brunsman, 30, of Beavercreek, plowed head-on into a semi hauling a tanker of gasoline. The collision and following explosions sent fireballs skyward and plumes of black smoke pouring over Dayton neighborhoods north of downtown.
The tanker and its contents burned for more than an hour. Authorities shut down the entire highway. Pavement was damaged by the fire at the accident site, causing delays to reopening some southbound lanes.
•Band members killed: In February of 2016, five people, including several local musicians, were killed in a wrong-way crash blamed on alcohol on I-75.
The dead included three members of a Dayton rock band CounterFlux and a 61-year-old man who had been arrested for OVI just 48 hours before the crash.
The young victims included four friends: Kyle Canter, 23, of New Carlisle; Earl Miller II, 27, of New Carlisle; Vashti Nicole Brown, 29, of Dayton; and Devin Bachmann, 26, of Huber Heights.
James Pohlabeln, a 61-year-old retiree from Dayton, was the driver of the other car, and he was headed the wrong direction.
He had been released from jail just 33 hours earlier in connection with a separate suspected drunken driving crash.
• Parents of four die: A Fairfield couple died April 8, 2016, when a wrong-way driver, who also died, struck their car on I-75 in Evandale.
Nazif Shteiwi, 61, and his wife, Halla Odeh Shteiwi, 55, were returning from a family function in Kentucky when hit by Kory Wilson, 30, of Springfield Twp.
Wilson had a blood-alcohol level 2.5 times the legal limit in Ohio, said Hamilton County Coroner’s Office. Witnesses said Wilson was driving the correct way on I-75 seconds before the crash, then abruptly turned around.
The Shteiwis, who immigrated from Jordan 40 years ago, had four children in college, the family said.
•Driver slams into semi on I-70: A New Carlisle woman committed suicide by driving the wrong way on I-70 and crashing into a semi, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
Christy Lakins, 36, died on March 10, 2016 after entering the eastbound lanes going the wrong way near Ohio 41 about 5 a.m.
The coroner’s investigation included the actions and history of Lakins prior to the wreck, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The coroner’s toxicology report shows that Lakins tested positive for amphetamines (stimulants) and benzodiazepines, commonly used to treat anxiety and other conditions. The report does not indicate whether the amounts detected would have caused impairment.
• Freeway suicide: On April 14, 2015, Chris Coleman passed through an emergency U-turn drive to the oncoming lanes of I-70 near the 48-mile marker in Clark County.
He drove the wrong way on the shoulder before veering into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, according to witnesses. Coleman’s Mazda exploded on impact and he died at the scene.