2 dead in I-70 weekend crash in Brookville


Two people are dead after a three-vehicle crash Saturday night on Interstate 70 in Brookville.

A 2012 Kia Forte was traveling east on I-70 around 9 p.m. when it collided with a semitrailer, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.

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“After striking the commercial truck and trailer, the Kia Forte crossed through the median and struck a 2010 Toyota RAV4 that was westbound on Interstate 70,” the patrol stated in a release.

The driver of the Kia Forte, 22-year-old Michael Ruffin-White of Beavercreek and his passenger, 19-year-old Heather Witte of Fairfield, were pronounced deceased at the scene, the patrol said.

The driver of the Toyota RAV4 and a passenger were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The semitrailer continued east on I-70 and was not found.

Troopers said speed was a factor in the crash and it’s unknown whether alcohol or drugs were in use. The crash remains under investigation.

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The state patrol was assisted at the scene by Brookville Fire and Police departments and the Ohio Department of Transportation.