Accident turns fatal on I-74

WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A pedestrian was struck and killed on Interstate 74 on Tuesday morning.

It happened just after 6 a.m. on eastbound I-74 between Dry Fork Road and the Morgan Road Overpass.

Officers say a Jeep Cherokee, operated by Mathew J. Rotert, 33, of Harrison, Ohio, was traveling generally eastbound on I-74 when he lost control of his vehicle as he was traveling onto the Harrison Avenue overpass.

The vehicle then traveled off of the left side of the roadway into the median and struck a pedestrian, then struck a guardrail and overturned.

The pedestrian is identified as John M. Klump, 57, of West Harrison, Indiana.

Police say Klump was outside his vehicle inspecting damage after his vehicle had struck a guardrail.

Whitewater Township Medical personnel responded to the scene and transported Mr. Klump to the Harrison Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Rotert received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Police say he was wearing a safety restraint device at the time of the crash; alcohol and/or drugs of abuse are not believed to be a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Traffic Safety Unit.