1 runner still hospitalized after being struck by vehicle in Franklin

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m. (Aug. 23):

Miamisburg Athletic Director Jason Osborne confirmed the runner taken to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center had a head injury and would be staying another night at the hospital.

The other runner, taken to Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg, suffered cuts and scrapes and was released Tuesday from the hospital, according to Osborne.

He said the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams were running together doing a 10-mile loop during their training runs when the accident occurred.

Osborne said the coaches talk to the students about safety every day. He said the accident reiterated the importance of safety to the runners.

“Right now we’re evaluating everything and reiterating safety,” Osborne said. “The coaches met with the students and have been talking about safety.”

He said the teams and coaches have been very supportive of the two runners who were injured.

“They’re getting through it together,” Osborne said. “It was an unfortunate accident.”

UPDATE @ 11:47 a.m. (Aug. 23)

Two Miamisburg High School cross country runners remain hospitalized after being struck by an SUV in Franklin on Monday.

Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said officers have been in contact with both boys’ families.

One of the high school runners was transported to Atrium Medical Center, then transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His mother said her son is in stable condition and “is doing good,” Whitman said.

The other runner was taken to Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg and his father told police that his son is in good condition and may be released later today.

UPDATE @ 7:01 p.m. (Aug. 22):

The driver of the SUV that struck two high school cross country runners was a 67-year-old resident of Carlisle.

No charges are expected to be filed, according to the police chief.

UPDATE @ 5:51 p.m.:

The cross country team at Miamisburg High School periodically uses the Great Miami River Recreation Trail bike path to practice, Jason Osbourne, the school’s athletic director, told this news outlet.

“We practice at different locations and usually start from Rice Field,” he said.

Osbourne did not have any information on the condition of the runners who were struck by a car in Franklin at about 3:50 p.m. today.

UPDATE @ 5:23 p.m.:

The two juveniles struck by a vehicle earlier today were members of the Miamisburg High School cross country team, according to Franklin police chief Russell Whitman.

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m.:

Two juveniles were struck by a vehicle at about 3:50 p.m. today and were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The youths were struck by a vehicle at the intersection of of South River and East Second streets, according to Police Chief Russell Whitman.

An initial investigation revealed a group of juveniles were running northbound on the bike path as a group. Two male juveniles crossed East Second at South River on the bike path and were struck by a westbound vehicle who had a green light.

One male juvenile was transported to Atrium Medical Center and the other was transported to Sycamore Hospital.

Neither appeared to have life threatening injuries, Whitman said.

Anyone with any information about the accident is asked to contact Sgt. Troy Wolf at the Franklin Police Department at 937-746-2882.


Franklin police are investigating an accident in which a child may have been struck by a car on the Lions Bridge this afternoon, according to Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman.

The incident was reported just before 4 p.m.

We will post more information as it becomes available.

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