Woman struck by 2 cars on I-70 in Clark County identified as Kettering teen


The woman struck by two cars on Interstate 70 east Wednesday evening has been identified.

Marissa L. Christophel, 19, of Kettering, was attempting to cross I-70 to get back to her disabled vehicle when she was struck by a grey 2012 Honda Civic, driven by Jeffrey A. Black, 56, of Kettering, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Christophel was knocked into the air and landed on the ground still partially in the roadway. She was then struck by a gold 2000 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Terry L. Hirons, 38, of Springfield, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Christophel was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and is in stable condition.

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UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.: The young woman hit by two cars on I-70 East is at Miami Valley Hospital, where she is believed to have been stabilized, said Sgt. Jason Cadle, Springfield post, Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

The victim is believed to be 19 or 20 years old and from the Kettering area, Sgt. Cadle said. The male who was with her is believed to be her boyfriend. He was not injured. 

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According to the preliminary investigation, the first car hit the woman and rolled her down the interstate. She had been carrying a gasoline can and they both had run across the westbound and eastbound lanes, trying to return to their disabled vehicle. The second car ran over her legs, between her knees and ankles, in trying to swerve around her, Cadle said.

State patrol investigators are still working to determine why the two were where they were, along the interstate between U.S. 68 and state Route 72.

Cadle said the walk to the nearest gas station would be a long one, one he understands could be done in the summertime but not on a winter night. The temperature in the area was reportedly in the teens, according to the most recent forecasts. 

"Pedestrians are not allowed to be out here walking. Period.... Call us. We'll help you out," Cadle said. "Interstate 70 is not a place for pedestrians to be on for any circumstances.... Don't be walking on the interstate."

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.: 

A 19-year-old woman was carrying a gasoline can when she was hit by one car while crossing I-70 East, in the company of a male, and run over by a second car, a state trooper said. 

She was believed to be carrying the gas can back to her car when she was struck. She was taken to a firehouse nearby by ambulance and from there flown to a hospital by CareFlight. 

There's no word about the male, who was not struck. He remains at the scene, speaking with troopers. 

Both are believed to be Dayton residents. 

One of the cars that hit the woman has a smashed windshield and appears to be heavily damaged. The second car is about a half-mile east of where she was hit.

UPDATE @ 10:08 p.m.: 

The far left lane of I-70 remains open as a woman who was hit on I-70 East is being ferried  to a hospital aboard CareFlight. 

Traffic is backed up to the U.S. 68 exit as the right lane has been shut down for the accident investigation.

INITIAL REPORT

A woman has been hit by a vehicle on I-70 East in Clark County, near the Cedarville exit, and CareFlight has been dispatched to the scene. 

The incident was reported about 9:25 p.m. and involves a woman who was standing outside her vehicle when she was struck, a dispatcher with the Springfield Post, Ohio State Highway Patrol, said. 

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Troopers are planning a partial shutdown of the interstate to accommodate the helicopter's landing zone, said to be just off the interstate near the Cedarville exit (state Route 72). 

We have a crew on the way to find out more. We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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