Tuesday, March 30, 1999

Remorse expressed after crash, police say


Two women died on way to work place

BY SHEILA McLAUGHLIN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — As nurses and doctors hustled to give him emergency treatment March 15, Coy L. Barrett said he wished he could trade places with the two women who died in the head-on crash just hours before.

        “I'm willing to do anything to help these other two families. I'm so sorry,” Mr. Barrett told an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper from a gurney at Middletown Regional Hospital that day, records show.

        Now the 46-year-old factory worker from Miamisburg faces homicide charges in the collision that killed Deanna Rickard, 50, and Agnes Mosley, 65.

        Mr. Barrett is to appear in Lebanon Municipal Court April 8 on two misdemeanor counts of vehicular homicide.

        The Franklin Township women worked at Warren County Community Services in Lebanon and were carpooling to work when the crash occurred about 7:52 a.m.

        Witnesses told state troopers that Mr. Barrett's 1995 Dodge Neon crossed the center line on Ohio 741 north of Greentree Road and collided with Ms. Rickard's 1997 Geo Prizm.

        Mr. Barrett was on his way home from working an eight-hour shift at Lucas Sumitomo in Lebanon at the time. He told a witness he may have fallen asleep, and that he did not remember the collision, a crash report said.

        Mrs. Rickard and Mrs. Mosley were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead. Mr. Barrett, admitted to the intensive care unit at Middletown Regional Hospital, is home recovering from his injuries. He could not be reached Monday.

        The collision brought Warren County's 1999 death toll involving crashes to five.

        A March 12 crash at Ohio 48 and 122 that killed an 18-year-old Centerville High School student remains under review by prosecutors.

        Passenger Kristen Knapp died from injuries suffered after she was ejected from a Chevrolet Cavalier that ran a red light and was broadsided by a garbage truck.

        Lindsay Kiefaber, 18, a Centerville student and driver of the Cavalier, was slightly injured in the crash.

       



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