Driver killed in Westwood crash involving Oak Hills special needs school van

Driver killed in Westwood crash

WESTWOOD, Ohio (FOX19) - One person is dead and seven others were taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Westwood.

Cincinnati police were on the scene of the crash in the 2600 block of Harrison Avenue shortly before noon Monday.

They say William Baldrick Jr., 37, was driving a 1991 Toyota Corolla westbound on Harrison.

He crossed the center line and hit a 2008 Ford F150 passenger van from Oak Hills High School driven by Patricia Heyob, 61, police say.

Baldrick died at the scene.

Heyob was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with serious injuries and is stable.

Oak Hills spokesperson Krista Ramsey confirmed the van was a special needs van and all the students were in high school.

Seven were taken to UCMC with minor injuries.

Ramsey says the van was taking students to work sites.

The district says two aides were accompanying the students and were not hurt.

Police say Baldrick, Heyob and all the passengers in the van were wearing their seatbelts.

Excessive speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, police say, but impairment is unknown at this time.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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