Clermont Co. fatal crash raises concern over intersection safety
A teenager killed, four others injured at an intersection drivers are calling a serious danger in Clermont County.
CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - [Related: 19-year-old dies in Clermont Co. crash]
The Ohio State Highway Patrol spent Sunday investigating the crash at the intersection of State Route 132 and State Route 749/Lindale Nicholsville Road. Businesses owners near the crash say police have requested their surveillance video to review the incident and determine who was at fault.
According to their press release, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says Victoria Koller, age 52 of Loveland was driving a 2010 Chevy Camaro westbound on Lindale Nicholsville Road through the intersection of State Route 1332 intending to continue westbound onto State Route 749. Koller struck a 2010 Mazda 6 that was northbound on State Route 132, driven by Amy Hill age 38 of Cincinnati.
"I heard this huge crash. I didn't hear squealing of tires or anything just this huge crash," said Jenny Birkley who came out of her apartment to help the victims.
Hill had two 9-year-old twins and her 19-year-old son Austin Hill in the vehicle. Koller was alone in her vehicle. Austin Hill was air flighted from the scene but was pronounced deceased while en route to University of Cincinnati Hospital.
"The boy who passed was actually moving so I thought he was going to be okay because he was moving his legs and stuff like that so I was pretty surprised to hear he didn't make it," said Birkley.
Now a memorial for Hill sits at the crash site. His mother and two siblings were injured as well the second driver. It's one of dozens of accidents Birkley says in the same intersection.
"I've seen rear-end collisions, three accidents in one hour one day," said Birkley.
Rob Ogden has lived up the road for 20 years and says speed and limited visibility near State Routes 132 and 749 make it one of the most dangerous intersections in the county.
"You literally, if you are going to make that right hand turn out of there, you've pretty much got to pull all the way out into the road to see if you've even got enough distance to get out," said Ogden.
"The one I saw yesterday was the first one I'd seen bad like that," said Meena Patel who owns the Lindale Grocery across from the accident scene.
Patel says though their have been accidents, none of them have been as serious as the one that took Austin Hill's life. She says if only drivers would slow down and pay attention lives like Hill's wouldn't be lost.
"People have to be careful driving you know. Drive safe, safe driving or stay home. That's all you can do," said Patel.
Drivers tell FOX 19 a turning lane or a lower speed limit may keep accidents from happening.
Ohio State Highway Patrol say everyone in this accident was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is not suspected. No word yet on whether charges will be filed. The crash remains under investigation.
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