BATAVIA TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - One person died and a second was critically hurt in a crash and fire on Ohio 32 at Olive Branch-Stonelick Road Thursday morning, Clermont County dispatchers said.
AirCare responded shortly after the 8:40 a.m. collision, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Frank Shockley III, 36, of Union Township, lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center median and struck a 2007 Hyundai Elantra head-on, injuring Katelyn Horn inside, troopers said at the scene.
Shockley was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clermont County Coroner's Office, according to OSHP.
Horn, 27, of Erlanger, KY, was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with critical injuries, troopers said.
It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. Investigators said Shockley was not wearing a seat belt.
Another motorist who was behind the Shockley's 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo said he saw the accident and tried to help.
The witness, Justin Demangoue, said he saw the male driver unconscious behind the wheel just before the Monte Carlo swerved into oncoming traffic.
"I ran past the other car because it was on fire, the old car, to his Monte Carlo," Demangoue said. "I am CPR certified and attempted to feel his pulse. He had no pulse. The doors were jammed, so you couldn't get him out or anything."
The crash was so loud and violent, nearby residents ran outside to see what happened.
"We were standing in our home and you heard it," said one, Renee Bishop.
Troopers shut down both sides of Ohio 32 for about 30 minutes and then opened one lane in each direction.
They are periodically halting traffic again while they continue to investigate.