- Nick Blizzard Staff Writer
A 30-year-old Enon man who died Saturday night in a fiery crash on Interstate 70 in Clark County was the latest wrong-way highway fatality in fewer than three years.
Joshua Vanderpool was killed after his car slammed head-on into a semi shortly before 8:30 p.m. according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post.
He was driving a blue 2004 Pontiac Sunfire west in the eastbound I-70 lanes at the 47 mile marker in Mad River Twp. when he struck a red 2009 Volvo commercial semi driven by Denis Yatsunov, 43, of Cresskil, N.J., that was headed east.
Yatsunov suffers minor injuries.
Other deadly wrong-way accidents include:
-Two killed in I-675 collision. On Oct. 16, a 69-year-old Beavercreek man and an 18-year-old Miamisburg High School graduate were killed on I-675 in a wreck that closed interstate lanes for several hours. Authorities said retired Wright-Patterson Air Force Base analyst Melvin Bonie Jr. and Kalip Grimm of Miami Twp. died after Bonie was in driving in the southbound lane headed northbound between the Ohio 48 and the Wilmington Pike interchanges. Centerville police said Bonie was traveling at an excessive speed. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was last week issued a report indicating his blood alcohol content was .182, more than twice the legal limit.
-Fiery downtown Dayton crash. The wrong-way driver in an April 30, 2017 fiery crash in Dayton, Andrew T. Brunsman, had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Brunsman, 30, of Beavercreek, plowed head-on into a semi hauling a tanker of gasoline. The collision and following explosions sent fireballs skyward and plumes of black smoke pouring over Dayton neighborhoods north of downtown. The tanker and its contents burned for more than an hour. Authorities shut down the entire highway. Pavement was damaged by the inferno at the accident site, delaying the reopening some southbound lanes.
-Band members killed. In February of 2016, five people, including several local musicians, were killed in a wrong-way crash blamed on alcohol on Interstate 75. The dead included three members of a Dayton rock band CounterFlux and a 61-year-old man who had been arrested for OVI just 48 hours before the crash. The young victims included four friends: Kyle Canter, 23, of New Carlisle; Earl Miller II, 27, of New Carlisle; Vashti Nicole Brown, 29, of Dayton; and Devin Bachmann, 26, of Huber Heights. James Pohlabeln, a 61-year-old retiree from Dayton, was the driver of the other car. He had been released from jail just 33 hours earlier in connection with a separate suspected drunken driving crash.
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-Parents of four die. A Fairfield couple died April 8, 2016, when a wrong-way driver, who also died, struck their car on Interstate 75 in Evandale. Nazif Shteiwi, 61, and his wife, Halla Odeh Shteiwi, 55, were returning from a family function in Kentucky when hit by Kory Wilson, 30, of Springfield Twp. Wilson had a blood alcohol level 2.5 times the legal limit in Ohio, said Hamilton County Coroner’s Office. Witnesses said Wilson was driving the correct way on I-75 seconds before the crash, then abruptly turned around. The Shteiwis, who immigrated from Jordan 40 years ago, had four children in college, the family said.
-Freeway suicide. On April 14, 2015, Chris Coleman passed through an emergency U-turn drive to the oncoming lanes of I-70 near the 48 mile marker in Clark County. He drove the wrong way on the shoulder before veering into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, according to witnesses. Coleman’s Mazda exploded on impact and he died at the scene. The semi driver escaped without injury. After an investigation, the coroner ruled that Coleman committed suicide.