Neighbors near the site of a double fatal accident on Ohio 29 in Union Twp. Tuesday morning say they were shocked by news of how deadly the crash was, but it’s not the first incident they’ve heard of in the area.
The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office said 24-year-old Clayton L. DeArmond, of Springfield, and 21-year-old Courtney L. Cummings, of Urbana, were pronounced dead at the scene of the head-on collision, near the intersection of Ohio 29 and South Ludlow Road.
A 1-year-old in Cumming’s vehicle was transported to Urbana Mercy Hospital and was later flown to Dayton Children’s Hospital.
The condition of the baby was not released and an update from Dayton Children’s was not available.
It’s also not clear what the relationship is between Cummings and the baby.
The crash was reported around 12:20 a.m. after a car, driven by DeArmond, traveling west on Ohio 29 went left of center and crashed head-on into a car driven by Cummings, deputies said.
Investigators said Cummings was wearing her seat belt and the infant was secured in a vehicle safety device.
DeArmond was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, deputies said.
Potential factors in the accident and additional details were not released.
On Tuesday, skid marks and debris from the crash, including car parts, littered the side of Ohio 29 near the site of the crash.
Kristy Batkiewicz said the accident happened practically in front of her house, but she only heard the details about the news when her neighbor told her.
“I looked online to see what had happened and it was so shocking to see that two people didn’t make it through,” she said.
She said she’s seen a number of accidents by her home in just a few years.
“This is not the first crash here since we’ve lived here,” Batkiewicz said. “I don’t think that people do excessive speeds through here, but that intersection up there at Ludlow is definitely something you need to pay attention when you’re coming to turn on 29.”
She said especially at the intersection of Ohio 29 and South Ludlow, there are hills heading north and south that can creep on drivers and make it hard to turn onto Ohio 29.
The weather can also play a factor in crashes, but Batkiewicz said the roads were clear by Monday from the weekend’s winter storm.
“I don’t think the condition of the roads due to the weather were anything to take into consideration on this road because they’ve been clean all day since yesterday,” she said.