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Community calling for traffic changes following deadly Monroe crash

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 4:12 PM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A community is calling for traffic changes after two people were killed last week in a crash.

The crash Friday involved a tractor-trailer and a car at SR-63 and Main Street.

A passenger of a silver sedan was dead when crews arrived, police said.

The driver of the sedan was transported by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital, where they died, according to police.

The Butler County coroner identified the passenger as 26-year-old Anthony Mitchell. The driver was Mitchell’s aunt, Marita Avery, family members tell FOX19 NOW.

The Butler County coroner identified one of the victims as 26-year-old Anthony Mitchell.
The Butler County coroner identified one of the victims as 26-year-old Anthony Mitchell.(Family/WXIX)
Marita Avery died last week, along with her nephew, in a crash.
Marita Avery died last week, along with her nephew, in a crash.(Family/WXIX)

The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.

In response to the crash, a petition is now circulating online calling for officials to make changes at the intersection. The petition asks for a lower speed limit and for “prepare to stop” flashing lights to be added, among other things.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation says even though S.R. 63 a state route, this section of roadway is inside the corporation limits of Monroe and is maintained by the city.

Any speed studies or sign changes would need to be initiated by the city and then submitted ODOT for approval.

The spokesperson says the Monroe city manager has contacted the ODOT Traffic Studies Department for guidance.

A Monroe City Council member also told FOX19 NOW road safety is going to be discussed at their meeting on May 25.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Avery worked at Crossroads Middle School as an educational assistant, Fairfield City School District wrote in a Facebook post.

The district wrote Avery “never met a stranger and had a way of making anyone she came into contact with feel welcome.”

Stephanie Dodd, a former coworker of Avery’s, said that statement is very true.

“The kids loved her,” Dodd said. “I mean, we all loved her. She still worked one-on-one with a little boy that I worked with for a little while, and so, she hasn’t worked with this student in years, and she still keeps in contact with his family. Little things like that.”

Dodd went on to say that Avery will never be forgotten.

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