Sunday, May 05, 2002

Five people hurt in two-car crash




        MONROE- Five people were injured in a two-vehicle collision Saturday along Route 4.

        The crash occurred shortly after 5 p.m. near Rochester Hills Road, said Monroe Police Sgt. Brian Curlis.

        Witnesses told police that the driver of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo made a U-turn from the right lane in front of a Chevrolet pickup truck driving in the left lane.

        Both vehicles were southbound. The driver of the pickup collided with the driver's side of the Monte Carlo and then pushed the car into a ditch.

        The driver of the Monte Carlo, Diane Straub, 44, of Springfield Township was in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

        The rear driver's side passenger, Kathleen Wallace, 20, of Hartwell, was also in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

        The front seat passenger, Ann Forbes, 39, of Hartwell, the mother of Ms. Wallace, was transported to Mercy Hospital-Fairfield. Her condition was not available late Saturday.

        Savannah Lewis, 3, the granddaughter of Ms. Straub, was transported to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The girl was discovered in the front seat of the Monte Carlo. A child's seat was found in the rear seat but it was not restrained. None of the occupants was wearing seat belts, police said.

        The driver and only occupant of the pickup, Clifford Meyer, 56, of Hamilton refused to be transported to the hospital.

       



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