COVINGTON — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has not yet released the name of the victim in the fatal single car accident on Ingle Road in Covington.
According to Sheriff David Duchak, the sheriff’s office is still waiting on dental records to reviewed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to make a positive identification from the incident, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.
It was the first fatal traffic accident of 2017.
Family and next of kin have been notified, said Sheriff Duchak.
Duchak commended the efforts of deputies who attempted to extinguish the flames from the Ford Escape. Deputies attempted to extract the victim from the vehicle, but the victim’s leg was trapped under the dashboard. Deputies attempted to reach the victim from the back hatch of the car, but were overcome by smoke and the heat of the fire.
One deputy suffered minor smoke inhalation and a few first-degree burns. Duchak said the deputy was treated and released at the scene. Other deputies suffered minor cuts from their efforts.
Duchak said the accident is still under investigation, but preliminary reports show no skid marks were found on the roadway, indicating the driver made no attempt to stop at the scene. Duchak said cell phone records will also be requested to see if distracted driving was a factor in this incident.
Duchak also thanked the Covington Police Department for their assistance.
Sheriff Duchak said the community should more take caution on the roadways now that the weather is nice and focus on getting to their destination safely.
“With the onset of summer and schools getting out, there’s going to be an increase in vehicular traffic — people get a little more complacent when the weather is nice,” Duchak said. “Speed is always a factor and failure to yield is always a factor and distracted driving is a big factor. People need to really need to watch and pay attention to what they are doing when they are driving.
“Unfortunately, in the summer months we do see an increase of serious crashes with injuries. Motorcycles are now out and people need to be careful and be on the look out for them. We have our farmers out with machinery. We have a lot more activity now that summer is here.”
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