Two die on Preble roadways

Separate fatal crashes claim lives

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

PREBLE COUNTY — Two separate crashes on Preble County roadways claimed the lives of two people last week.

At press time, the Preble County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash which occurred Sunday, May 29, at 2:48 p.m., in the 3100 block of U.S. 40 West, between Ohio 726 and Pence Shewman Road.

According to Preble County Sheriff’s reports, the preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Honda SUV was traveling east on U.S. 40 when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway.

The vehicle rode the ditch line, struck a pole, and then a drainage pipe in a small creek.

The female driver, 63 was from Miami County, according to officials, and was the only occupant in the vehicle.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators had not released the name of the driver, at press time, pending notification of family.

The victim was removed to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy was to be performed. At this point in the investigation, deputies do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Preble County Coroner’s Office.

North Central EMS, Eldorado Fire Department and the West Manchester Fire Department responded to the scene as well.

Last Thursday, May 26, a pickup truck driver ran a stop sign and T-boned a car, according to Sgt. Jeff Kramer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.

The truck hit the car headed west on Lexington Salem Road as it was making a left turn onto South Preble County Line Road, officials said. According to reports, the crash, reported around 12:30 p.m., sent three people to area hospitals, two via CareFlight, with critical injuries.

One person later died at the hospital, according to reports. At press time, the identification of the victim had not been released. The crash remained under investigation at press time.

Separate fatal crashes claim lives

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

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