Residents call for change after fatal crash

Residents call for change after fatal crash

There’s been several car crashes — some deadly — at an intersection along Stine Road in Enon and residents say they are fed up with it.

The latest crash involved a 69-year-old Springfield man who was struck and killed by a car while walking in the middle of Stine Road on Sunday evening, Sgt. Travis H. Woodyard of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post.

The crash was reported around 6:20 p.m. in the 7200 block of Stine Road near Enon.

The victim, Michael Coleman, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Kaleb Wallace, 19, of Enon was westbound on Stine Road near Antioch Drive when he reportedly struck Coleman, who had been walking in the roadway, Troopers said.

“He was walking in the right lane, walking away from traffic, which would be on the wrong side of the highway,” Woodyard said. “He was actually in the middle of the right lane, from what I understand, with his back to traffic.”

Neighbors said Monday the intersection is dangerous and their properties have been damaged many times because drivers tend to lose control of their vehicle and crash.

“My car’s been hit, I had a pickup truck that got hit. Coming around (the) corner, this mailbox has gone down six times. It’s like a racetrack,” resident Joseph Greaser said.

Other residents say they’ve asked Mad River Twp. trustees numerous times over the years to install lights, sidewalks and other improvements to help make the intersection safe and decrease property damage. But their requests have fallen on deaf ears.

“What do you think is going to continue to happen” if improvement aren’t make? resident Don Allen asked. “Same old, same old. You know, it’s just a matter of how many more times do they want to replace that light pole there or the side of a house or whatever.”

Trustee Joseph Catanzaro said he’s not aware of any official complaints filed about the intersection in the five years that he’s been on the board. However, he said, he and his colleagues will discuss possible safety solutions for the area at their next board meeting scheduled for Monday.

First report:

Some residents living along Stine Road in Mad River Twp. are calling on township trustees to make changes to the road after a series of crashes, including a fatal pedestrian crash Sunday night.

Two people News Center 7’s Natalie Jovonovich spoke to Monday told her they have repeatedly gone to trustees to ask them to make safety improvements along the stretch of road.

We are working to speak to trustees today to see if any changes will be discussed and we will have the latest on our findings tonight on News Center 7 beginning at 5 p.m.

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