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Police: 1 dead, 1 critically hurt in 2 separate Colerain Twp crashes


One man died, and a second was critically hurt in two separate rollover crashes with ejections in this western Hamilton County suburb Wednesday, authorities said.

"The two crashes we had yesterday are the perfect scenarios for why you need to wear your seat belts," said Colerain Township Police Sgt. Jerry Grayson.

The driver of a Chevrolet Camaro traveling at a high rate of speed lost control and ran off Blue Rock Road near the Interstate 275 exit about 6:20 p.m., he said.

The vehicle hit a ditch, rolled over at least once and ejecting the driver, police said.

When crews arrived, they found the Camaro on its top. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office identified him Thursday as Wayne Coleman, 42.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Drugs and/or alcohol do not appear to be factors, Grayson said.

"We are not sure if it was a medical emergency or what," he said.

Nearly 12 hours earlier, a male driver was critically injured in a crash nearby on eastbound I-275 between the Blue Rock Road and Colerain Avenue exits, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Brandon Menke, 23, swerved for some reason as he traveled eastbound on the highway and then lost control, flipping his vehicle several times, patrol officials said.

Menke was thrown from his vehicle and taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with critical injuries, they said.

"Eastbound (I) 275 shut down at Blue Rock. Vehicle roll over," Colerain Fire Department tweeted Wednesday morning. "Please check your seat belts today to make sure they click. Drive safe."

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