Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Clermont wreck leaves teen dead

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — For the fifth time in three weeks, a local teen who was a passenger in a vehicle has been killed.

        Following crashes in Delhi Township and Franklin County, Ind., that claimed four lives and seriously injured several others, a teen-ager from Jackson Township in Clermont County was killed late Monday.

        Clifford McIntyre, 18, of Aber Road was killed when the car in which he was riding was struck head-on on Ohio 133, said a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol post at Batavia.

        State troopers said Mr. McIntyre was in the passenger seat of a car being driven southbound on Ohio 133 at 9:55 p.m. by David J. Seibert, 17, of Jackson Pike in Jackson Township.

        A car being driven by Bobby G. Watson, 19, of Marathon-Edenton Road in Jackson Township was northbound on Ohio 133 just north of Jackson Road when it veered left of the center line, striking Mr. Seibert's car. Police said alcohol was involved.

        In the Delhi Township crash, the 16-year-old girl driving the Jeep Cherokee that crashed two weeks ago, killing two passengers, will appear in Hamilton County Juvenile Court next week.

        Delhi Township police charged the driver with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and four counts of vehicular assault.

        Police said their investigation revealed that the driver was heading east on Hillside and, “while attempting to get the car airborne, recklessly caused the deaths” of two passengers and seriously injured another four when the vehicle crashed.

        Anna Destefano, 13, and Kelli Ridenour, 13, both of Delhi, were killed in the crash.

        In the Clermont County crash, Mr. Watson, who suffered minor injuries, was treated at Clermont Mercy Hospital. He was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol, and driving left of center, troopers said. Mr. Watson was being held in the Clermont County Jail on Tuesday.

        Mr. Seibert was in Clermont Mercy Hospital on Tuesday but was expected to released, hospital officials said.


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