Monday, November 22, 1999

Car strikes, kills former radio exec

Father of 8 was walking on sidewalk

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A former radio news director, father of eight and longtime youth soccer coach was killed Sunday morning when he was struck by a car while walking on a sidewalk near his home.

        Doug Doench, 57, of West Galbraith Road, Groesbeck, was walking alone to get the morning newspaper at a nearby drugstore just before 9 a.m. when a 22-year-old North College Hill woman lost control of her car and drove up on the sidewalk.

        The driver of the Plymouth Neon, Elizabeth Pease of the 6500 block of Catalpa Avenue, is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center, following treatment at Franciscan Hospital-Mount Airy Campus.

        She was charged by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide.

        “There are dozens of families going through the same thing, somewhere in America,” the victim's eldest son, Lou Doench, 31, of Groesbeck, said Sunday. “I don't want to assume anything about the cause.”

        He recalled his father as a loving man dedicated to his children and the hundreds of others he coached over a 20-year career on the sidelines.

        “He gave to so many kids through soccer,” he said.

        Mr. Doench was walking east on West Galbraith at 8:55 a.m. when the crash occurred, the sheriff's department said. He was transported by helicopter to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:25 a.m.

        Mr. Doench, who graduated from Xavier University in the early 1960s with a degree in English, was once a news director at WUBE-FM radio. He also worked on-air under the name Doug Anthony.

        He most recently worked as a communications teacher at Hughes High School near the University of Cincinnati, but was on sabbatical. His son said his father was considering an early retirement.

        Mr. Doench coached youth soccer for 20 years and Saturday coached the Groesbeck Raiders in a tournament game.His youngest son, 15-year-old Andrew, plays on the team.

        In April, Mr. Doench was interviewed for a Cincinnati Enquirer article on parents juggling the demands of having more than one child in athletics.

        Mr. Doench's work in radio didn't end with his years at WUBE, however.

        This summer, he began as a volunteer reader for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind's Radio Reading Service.

        Funeral services have not been set yet.


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