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Five people struck in West Chester parade accident

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -- Police are investigating an incident where five people were struck by a car in a Memorial Day parade. 

The incident occurred at short time before 10:00am in front of the Union elementary School at the 8700 block of Cincinnati- Dayton Road.

According to witnesses on the scene, 84-year-old Everett Cole backed into an occupied green BMW on Cresthaven Drive.  The vehicle kept going and then struck five pedestrians at the intersection of Cresthaven and Cincinnati Dayton Road. The vehicle then rolled over and  hit a tree.

The pedestrians have been identified as:  30- year-old Adam Roth who was transported to West Chester Medical Center with non- life threatening injuries to his leg.

25-year-old Rich Schively, and EMS worker for three local towns was transported to West Chester Medical Center with multiple non-life threatening injuries.

Decorated Korean War Veteran, 83-year-old Ralph Grophjan was taken to Bethesda North Hospital. His condition is not known.

U. S. Navy Sea Cadet, 61-year-old William Pucillo and the driver of the BMW, 80-year-old  Dorothy Roth  were both injured but refused going to the hospital. 

Sources say he was conscious and talked with emergency crews as they extracted him from the car. Cole is a VFW veteran and was transported to Atrium Hospital with multiple injuries, where he was treated and released.

Cole had been assigned to drive the car in the parade before the accident occurred near the staging area. There was a 30 minute delay, but the event went on as planned.

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