Woman killed in Butler County crash was protecting her grandson, family says

‘Until her very last breath, she cared and checked on her children.’
Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 12:29 PM EDT
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MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - The Butler County coroner has released the identity of the woman who was killed in a crash in Milford Township early Tuesday morning.

Deputies responded to a crash involving two pickup trucks on U.S. 127 near Eaton Road in Milford Township around 4 a.m.

A blue, 1998 Chevrolet Silverado heading east on Eaton Road entered the intersection and went into the path of a gray, 2013 GMC Sierra that was traveling north on U.S. 127, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

A rear passenger in the Chevrolet Silverado, 69-year-old Marsha Cottongim of Richmond, Ind., was ejected from the pickup truck and pronounced deceased at the scene.

First responders had to mechanically extricate the front seat passenger of the Chevrolet Silverado. The 43-year-old woman was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

The other two people in the Chevrolet suffered minor injuries and also were transported to the hospital.

The driver of the second pickup truck was traveling alone and was not injured, sheriff’s officials say.

Cottongim had five children, twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Amanda Allen, her daughter, says Cottongim died protecting her 18-year-old grandson.

“When the accident happened, my mom and nephew were in the backseat of the truck, and she grabbed hold of him, and when they were ejected out the back window of the truck, he landed on top of her,” Allen said. “And when she woke up, she told him to go check on Connie, who is my sister, because she was trapped inside of the truck. So until her very last breath, she cared and checked on her children.”

Allen says she already misses her mother’s daily calls and is holding on to her favorite memories of her mother.

“Her holding her grandchildren for the first time. Her holding my daughter, Megan. And her coming to the hospital and being with me through that entire process. I think that, and fishing, bingo... so many fishing trips, and bingo.”

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CareFlight responded to transport the seriously injured female passenger, according to the sheriff’s office.

Just before 5 a.m., however, “the helicopter crashed while attempting to land at the scene,” the sheriff’s news release stated.

All three crew members on the CareFlight helicopter suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to an area hospital, according to Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer. They have since been released.

A CareFlight representative released a statement to FOX19 NOW that described the incident as “a hard landing.”

“All three crew members who were onboard the helicopter involved in the accident in Butler County yesterday morning were treated in the emergency room and released. We want to thank the community for the overwhelming support of our CareFlight program. We’re fully operational and flying to meet the clinical needs in the communities we serve.”

The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (START) is processing both crashes and will be working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in regard to the “helicopter crash,” a news release stated

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