MONTGOMERY, OH (FOX19) - Southbound Interstate 71 is now reopened after a crash and vehicle fire shut down the highway just south of the Ronald Reagan Highway exit and left one person dead.
The crash occurred around noon and involved a Ford Mustang and a vehicle disabled on the side of the road. When the Mustang struck the vehicle on the side of the road, that car lit on fire. Officers say the driver of the disabled vehicle, 60-year-old James S. Lester of Loveland, died in the crash.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say there were several 911 calls about that Mustang driving erratically.
'"He must have come past me doing over 100 miles an hour. It's right here at exit 14. And it's bad, I am telling you, it's very bad," said one unidentifed driver to 911 dispatchers.
The driver has been identified as 57-year-old Stanley K. Ivey of Louisville, Ohio.
"He was covering ground pretty quickly, over 100 miles per hour," said Lt. Anthony Lauer with OSHP. "It's just unfortunate. He's [Lester] an innocent victim, sitting there, waiting for somebody to come, and render aid, render assistance to him, and then something like this happens."
All lanes of SB I-71 were shut down for several hours after the crash and reopened after almost four hours.
So far, no charges have been filed against Ivey.