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Man killed in crash ran red light


The man killed in a two-vehicle crash on West North Street on Saturday afternoon drove his SUV through a red light at Western Avenue and struck a car, according to a police report.

Two witnesses saw a 2002 Chrysler Sebring, driven by Shannelle T. Townsend, 28, of Springfield, driving north on North Western Avenue through a green light at West North Street.

Then a 2006 Land Rover, driven by Joel R. Campbell, 39, of Donnelsville, allegedly ran the red light and plowed into the passenger side of her car about 4 p.m, according to a Springfield police traffic crash report.

Campbell was partially ejected and pinned under the SUV. He died at the scene.

Townsend was ejected and seriously injured. She was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she remained in an intensive care unit in serious condition Thursday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Neither were wearing seat belts, according to the report.

It was unclear Thursday why Campbell may have run the light.

Investigators estimated his SUV was traveling at 45 mph in an area with a posted speed limit of 35 mph, according to the report.

No drug or alcohol use was suspected in either driver, according to the report.

Clark County Coroner’s Office Investigator Mike Haytas said the office was waiting on toxicology reports to come back from Montgomery County before making any statements. That could take six to eight weeks, he said.



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