Impairment factor in wrong-way I-275 crash

Impairment factor in wrong-way I-275 crash

CALIFORNIA, OH (FOX19) - Alcohol and/or drugs are factors in a wrong-way crash on eastbound Interstate 275 Wednesday, Cincinnati police said.

Margarito Santiago, 29, of Newport is scheduled to face a Hamilton County judge at 9 a.m. Thursday on two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

He waived his appearance in court Thursday and a bond of $100,000 was set.

Police say he was under the influence driver when he drove his 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck westbound in the eastbound lanes near the Kellogg Avenue exit just after 3:30 p.m., causing a three-vehicle crash that temporarily shut the highway down.

His truck hit two eastbound vehicles: a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer and a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van.

The driver of the Blazer, Charles Benjamin, 52, was trapped in his sport utility vehicle and had to be extricated by Cincinnati fire crews.

He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

The driver of the mini-van, Michelle Geiger, 54, was not hurt.

Both wore seatbelts.

Santiago was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.

He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, treated, released and booked into the jail by midnight.

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