Monday, August 9, 2004

Driver charged after crash kills passenger

Public safety briefs

The Enquirer

COLERAIN TWP. - A Colerain Township woman faces an aggravated vehicular homicide charge after a crash involving her sport utility vehicle and a motorcycle Saturday killed a motorcycle passenger.

Police said Jennifer Weir, 28, was driving east on Harrison Avenue around 8 p.m. when her 1999 Kia Sportage crossed the center line and struck a Yamaha motorcycle driven by a man who had a female passenger.

Weir's vehicle then struck a tree. Four children riding in the Kia were taken to Bethesda North Hospital.

The motorcycle's driver, James H. Bishop Jr., of the 3500 block of W. Galbraith Road, Colerain Township, was taken to University Hospital, where he was in critical condition Sunday night.

The woman on the motorcycle was identified by the sheriff' office as Virginia Bishop, 54, also of the 5400 block of W. Galbraith Road, Colerain Township.

Neither of the people on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet, the sheriff's office said.

Weir was arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault, both felonies, and four counts of child endangering.

Pickup truck rolls over, injuring 2 inside

COLUMBIA TWP. - Two people were injured early Sunday when a driver rolled his pickup truck in a parking lot.

Shortly after 3 a.m., Keith D. Stephens, 43, of Anderson Township, was driving his 2004 Ford Ranger in a parking lot when he drove over a curb and his truck began to roll over.

Stephens was partially ejected from the truck, which rolled on top of him. He was rescued by the Golf Manor Fire Department and taken by helicopter to University Hospital. He was expected to be released by Sunday evening, said a hospital spokesman.

A passenger, Chandra D. Tully, 41, of Cincinnati, also was taken to University Hospital with minor injuries.

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