Victim in fatal Middletown crash identified

5:21 p.m Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Middletown

An elderly man has been identified as the victim in Tuesday evening’s fatal crash in Middletown.

Victor L. Barr, 82, of Middletown, died at the crash scene at the intersection of North Clinton Street and Manchester Avenue, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. He died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Rober Gehm, 84, also of Middletown, was a passenger in the 2003 Grand Marquis driven by Barr. Gehm was treated and released from an area hospital, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

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A preliminary investigation indicates Barr’s car continued through an intersection stop sign and collided with the right rear of a semi, leaving Barr dead and his passenger injured, according to Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Bost.

“For some reason, (the sedan) didn’t stop at the stop sign. Don’t know why. That’s what caused the accident,” the sergeant said.

The car was headed west on Manchester and the semi was traveling north on North Clinton when the accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. The collision occurred at the intersection where the car when under the semi and was then dragged several yards.

The driver of the semi, Jack Newbrough, 47, of West Virginia, was not injured.

Bost said the semi driver had just dropped off a load in Monroe and was headed to Indiana.