Head-on, hit-and-run crash injures 4 in Greene County

One woman suffers life-threatening injuries, troopers say.



One woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a hit-and-run crash late Friday night in Greene County that shut down a portion of state Route 380 for about four hours.

The head-on crash happened around 11:35 p.m. in the 3600 block of state Route 380, just south of Cemetery Road in Spring Valley Twp.

A 2012 Jeep Wrangler was headed north on state Route 380 when it went left of center and struck a 2010 Ford Escape, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

There were four people inside the Ford at the time of the crash.

Heather Benner, 22, of Wilmington suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.

Greg Brandenstein, 41, of Clarksville, and James Pagett, 27, of Wilmington, both suffered serious injuries, and Amanda Houseman, 36, of Clarksville suffered minor injuries. They also were taken to Miami Valley Hospital, troopers said. Brandenstein was identified as the driver of the Ford Escape, Benner was the left rear passenger, Pagett was the right rear passenger and Houseman was the front passenger, according to the crash report.

The driver of the Jeep ran away from the scene before first responders arrived. However, Ryan D. Black, 50, of Miamisburg was identified as the driver on an OSHP crash report. No charges have been filed.

OSHP Sgt. Ryan Purpura said, “The incident remains under investigation at this time. Once the investigation is completed, it will be sent to the prosecutor’s office for their review to determine applicable charges.”

The highway patrol was assisted by Spring Valley Fire and EMS, CareFlight, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Xenia Fire and EMS and Wayne Township Fire and EMS.

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