Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
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.”
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