Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Public safety briefs

Two-car crash kills 2 drivers in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN - Two people were killed Tuesday in a fiery two-car crash at Roosevelt and Breiel boulevards in Middletown.

Both victims were dead when emergency workers arrived. The intersection was closed for several hours following the 2:37 p.m. crash.

Police identified the victims as Oscar Jimenez, 21, of the 800 block of 18th Avenue, Middletown, and Kimberly Weaver, 24, of the 400 block of Eighth Street, Miamisburg, Ohio.

Preliminary investigation indicated that a mid-size car driven by Weaver was turning left from Roosevelt onto Breiel when a sports car speeding south on Breiel ran a red light and hit the car, said Middletown Police Lt. Don Owens.

Weaver was thrown from her car and landed about 15 feet away. The sports car, driven by Jimenez, burst into flames, went airborne and ended up about 250 feet from the intersection.

Both drivers were alone.

Police said that shortly before the crash Jimenez was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend in the 100 block of Lylburn Road and poured what was believed to be gasoline on himself before driving away.

Couple accused of beating 5-year-old

A Cincinnati man and woman are accused of beating the man's 5-year-old daughter, then rubbing cayenne pepper into her wounds because she splashed water on the bathroom floor.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Lawrence Ladson, 32, of the West End, and DeShanta Lee, 30, of Avondale on Tuesday on charges of felonious assault and child endangering.

The girl is staying with her biological mother.

Police say that on the night of April 22 the couple beat the girl and then made a mixture of Vaseline and cayenne pepper, which they rubbed into the wounds.

The girl's baby sitter called authorities the next morning after the couple dropped her off. The girl was treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, according to the prosecutor's office.

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