‘Amber, please look at me!’: Siblings dealing with aftermath of car ramming them outside Springfield bar


Springfield police are investigating after a car reportedly ran over two people outside the Nite Owl bar on Saturday morning.

One of the victims, Amber Vollmer, said she has a broken shoulder, broken pelvic bone and a broken hip. It’s possible she may need skin grafting or plastic surgery as part of her recovery, she said.

Police said that, based on the investigation so far, they do believe it was an intentional act.

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Vollmer said the incident started when she, her brother, Joey Gohl, and her boyfriend went to the Nite Owl late Friday night.

“All I remember is me and my brother were standing face-to-face talking and I heard a big ‘urrrk,’” Vollmer said “The last thing I remember was like four or five hours later, I wake up in Miami Valley hospital.”

Two 9-1-1 calls dispatched around 12 a.m. Saturday described the chaotic scene.

“When they hit us, he (Gohl) ended up on top of me and he was trying to hit me in my face trying to wake me up,” Vollmer said.

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In one call, a man — presumably Gohl — can be heard trying to shake Vollmer from unconsciousness.

“Amber! Amber, please look at me! Look at me, Amber!,” the caller yells.

Another 9-1-1 call from a bar patron described the seriousness of Vollmer’s injuries.

“The lady can’t even get off the ground. She’s just laying there,” the caller said. “I don’t even think she’s (expletive) breathing.”

Vollmer said she had to be resuscitated at the scene. She and Gohl were transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center and taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley hospital for their injuries.

She said her brother is also severely hurt from the incident.

“He’s got pretty much every bone and every nerve in his legs are done. They’re saying he may never walk again,” Vollmer said.

Vollmer has two children — a 5-year-old and 4-month-old. She said the consequences of the incident are taking a toll on her family. After she leaves the hospital, she’ll probably need to spend time in a nursing home.

“I can’t even hold my daughter,” she said. “I would never wish this upon anybody.”

Vollmer wants justice for her and her brother.

“I don’t understand why (they) would do it,” she said.

Police said they have a suspect in mind, but they are not providing identifications. The suspect is not currently in custody.



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