An investigation into the crash that killed an Ursuline junior and injured the other driver, a 20-year-old from South Lebanon, concluded both young drivers were at fault, Mason police said today.
The 20-year-old, Dustin Wilson, was speeding at least 44 mph in a 35 mph zone on westbound Western Row Road when his 2008 Nissan Sentra hit the driver’s side of a 1997 Honda Accord pulling onto Western Row from Lexington Park Drive at 7:20 a.m. Sept. 27, a crash report shows.
The driver of the Honda Accord, Jordan Angelina Hoak, 16, failed to yield to Wilson’s car as she pulled out of her subdivision onto Western Row Road, police wrote in the report.
Her car was barely moving at about 4 mph when it was hit. The impact of the crash pushed the Honda across the road, where it jumped the curb and landed in the lawn of Christ Church.
Hoak was critically injured and airlifted to a Dayton hospital. She died Tuesday.
Wilson’s car ran across the center line and hit a light pole. He also was injured. He was treated and released from Bethesda North Hospital.
The drivers were at fault, said Mason Officer Kevin Bryant.
The tragedy has hit the Ursuline and Mason community, including its police department, hard.
“Everybody here has been feeling it,” Bryant said. “Our hearts go out to everybody in the family. It brings to light just simple mistakes made by drivers – in both directions in this case – can be tragic, as we see. We don’t get many of these and when we do it hits all of us, especially when it’s a tragedy like this. I have a 16-year-old son myself. I’ve told him about this. I worry about him. We live off of Tylersville Road, and he has to face the same kind of circumstances that she did when he pulls out of our neighborhood.”
Wilson told police that he had just passed three cars in front of him on Western Row Road and switched to the left lane when Hoak pulled onto Western Row from her subdivision off Lexington Park Drive, the crash report shows.
At least one witness told police she did not see Wilson brake or swerve to avoid the crash.
“I didn’t see her one bit,” Wilson wrote in his statement. “Then once I seen her it was to (sic) late.”
Mason police cited Wilson for speeding and not wearing a seat belt.
Hoak’s visitation is 4 p.m. today at Ursuline Academy Theater, 5535 Pfeiffer Rd., Blue Ash.
Her funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Susanna Church, 616 Reading Rd., Mason, where she and her family are active parishioners.
The teen is survived by parents Steve and April Hoak; siblings Matthew, Kira and Joshua and several other relatives including grandparents.
Hoak is remembered in her obituary on the funeral home’s website as the “ultimate volunteer.” She served as a youth group service minister and youth leader with the church’s Christian formation programs.
She also participated in cross country and track at Ursuline.
“She loved everyone for who they were and what they stood for,” her obituary reads.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1125 Bank Street, Cincinnati, OH 45214, or Operation Smile at www.operationsmile.org.
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