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New details on Middletown man killed in wrong-way crash

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 12:03 PM
By: Rick McCrabb - Staff Writer

The Middletown man killed this week in a wrong-way crash died of multiple traumatic injuries and his death was ruled an accident, according to new information released today by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner’s office released its autopsy results today.

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Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the wrong way — on Verity Parkway at 5:30 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control of his car and hit a Dodge Avenger near Eldora Drive.

The driver of the other car, Michael Lidstone, 45, of Franklin, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Johnson was pronounced died at the scene by the Butler County Coroner’s Office, according to the patrol. He was speeding in the 35 mph zone, but his speed hasn’t been determined, the post said.

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Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the investigation is being handled by the state patrol, but said that Middletown police officers were not chasing Johnson.

Johnson had a warrant for felony domestic violence and was on parole at the time of the accident, police said.