I-275 accident in Symmes Twp. turns deadly

INDIAN HILL, OH (FOX19) - The traffic accident that shut down I-275 in Symmes Township Thursday afternoon left one dead and one in serious condition in University Hospital.

The accident happened just after 4:30 p.m.

A 1998 Ford F-150, driven by Heath Richards, 32, of Cincinnati was traveling westbound on I-275 when he made a lane change from the center lane to the left lane.

Richards' vehicle struck a 2002 Chevrolet Impala that was traveling in the left lane. The Impala, was being driven by Lawrence Walker, 28, of Amelia.

Richards' vehicle went into the median where it overturned several times. Two passengers in Richards' vehicle were ejected. Tiffany Alquist, 24, of Cincinnati and Ronda Ball, 39, of Cincinnati, were both taken to University Hospital via AirCare. Two AirCare helicopters were called to the scene.

Ronda Ball was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital. Alquist is listed in serious condition. Walker was taken to Bethesda North Hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

Richards was not injured in the crash. Ball and Alquist were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Alcohol and/or drugs were not a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Traffic Safety Unit.

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