3 teens hospitalized following accident

FLETCHER —Seatbelts saved four lives in a serious accident outside of Fletcher on Wednesday evening.

Three teens were transported to the hospital — one female by Careflight — with non-life threatening injuries after the driver failed to yield at a stop sign, colliding into another vehicle outside of Fletcher Wednesday around 6:15 p.m.

The accident occurred on Burr-Oak New Hope Road and east Loy Road, outside of Fletcher.

According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Whaley, Andrew Flora, 19, of Fletcher, was driving southbound when he failed to yield at the stop sign, striking a Honda car, driven by Richard King, 51, of Urbana, who was traveling eastbound on Loy Road. King suffered minor injuries.

A 15 year-old female passenger, Lacey Flora, 15, was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital with neck and back injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening. Kate Root, 15, along with the driver of the Pontiac, Andrew Flora, 19, were transported to Upper Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

The accident’s impact caused Flora’s vehicle to flip on the driver’s side in the ditch, trapping him and the front female passenger, Lacey Flora, inside. The rear passenger, Kate Root, 15, was able to crawl out of the back window of the vehicle.

Whaley said all parties involved were wearing seatbelts, keeping the injuries from being more serious. Whaley said Flora will most likely be cited for failing to yield at the stop sign, but the accident is still under investigation.