Saturday, October 4, 2003

Crashes claim two lives on Clermont highways



By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A 35-year-old Cincinnati man and a 60-year-old Bethel woman were killed Friday in separate crashes on roads in Clermont County.

At about 9 a.m., Stephen M. Mbah was fatally injured after losing control of his car while driving west on Interstate 275 near Loveland-Madeira Road in Miami Township. He crossed into oncoming traffic and an eastbound truck struck his car.

The driver of the truck, Don R. Lipps, 28, of Hamilton, and his passenger, Patrick Seals, 29, also of Hamilton, were not injured.

Mbah was airlifted to University Hospital, where he later died, Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said.

The accident shut down I-275 for about two hours Friday.

Just as state troopers were reopening the freeway, another fatal crash occurred in Union Township.

About 10:45 a.m., Barbara Kelsey was turning onto Eastgate Boulevard from the westbound exit ramp of Ohio 32 when a northbound vehicle struck her.

She and her 16-year-old passenger were taken to Mercy Hospital Anderson, where Kelsey later died, officials said.

The teen's condition was not available, and her name was not released

The driver of the northbound vehicle, Anna Kuttler, 31, also of Bethel, and her two young passengers were hospitalized for observation, officials said.

Both crashes were being investigated.

E-mail mmccain@enquirer.com




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