A 911 caller Saturday morning from a fatal accident in Middletown said she couldn’t wake up an elderly couple involved in the accident at the corner of Manchester Road and Dixie Highway.
“I need an ambulance now,” the woman told a Middletown 911 operator. “Hurry. Hurry. Hurry.”
When the dispatcher asked the woman if the couple was breathing, she said: “I don’t know. She is.”
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville, driven by Ladarius V. Hawkins, 28, of Middletown, was northbound on Dixie Highway when he failed to yield to a red light and struck the 2009 Honda CR-V driven by Roger Lohman, 78, of Middletown, at 8:20 a.m. Saturday.
Lohman was pronounced dead at the scene, and his passenger, Norma Lohman, was taken to Atrium Medical Center, and then to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to a release from the State Highway Patrol. She was in critical condition this morning, according to hospital officials.
Hawkins was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, OVI, drug abuse/marijuana, a red light violation and driving under suspension, according to court documents.
At Hawkins’ arraignment this morning, Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set bond at $300,000, $250,00 for aggravated vehicular homicide and $50,000 for OVI.
Hawkins’ preliminary hearing was set for April 8 in Middletown Municipal Court.
The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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