Victims of fatal SR 125 crash ID’d; officials say drugs may have been factor

Double fatal crash on SR 125

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohio Pike was closed for several hours Tuesday after a double-fatal crash that may have involved drugs, according to the Ohio State Patrol.

The state route was closed in both directions between Bach Buxton Road and Amelia-Olive Branch after the collision, which took place around 11:30 a.m. Troopers said the driver of a Mazda was traveling east on SR 125, went left of center and hit a Ford Escape, which hit an Audi.

The driver of the Mazda, Douglas Needles, 42, of Amelia, and the driver of the Escape, Douglas Hewitt, 55, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials said needles were found at the scene and believe drugs were a factor in the crash.

Lisa Cardarelli, 48, of Cincinnati, was in the Audi. She was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

One man, who said he saw the aftermath of the crash, tried to help.

“My wife was in the lobby of the church and saw it go backwards and roll. Once we got to the cars, it was pretty prolific, you know, obviously, the fatalities that happened. Very sad situation," Pastor of Life Church Matt Young said.

SR 125 reopened around 4 p.m.

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