Cause of deadly Dayton crash under investigation; 1 in hospital

The cause of a crash that left one person dead and another injured in Dayton Tuesday evening is under investigation.

The crash was reported at about 7:20 p.m. at the intersection of North Main and East Helena streets, according to Montgomery County Reginal Dispatch Center records.

A Toyota Camry was traveling north on Main Street in the far right lane when it cut in front of a truck and continued across the double yellow lines and into oncoming traffic, according to the Dayton Police Department.

A Chevrolet Silverado heading south on Main Street was in the left turn lane attempting to turn onto Helena Street. The Chevrolet reportedly veered left to try and avoid the Toyota, but the two vehicles collided.

The driver of the Toyota was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and pronounced dead, according to police. Their identity has not been released.

The driver of the Chevrolet was not injured, but the front seat passenger was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. A second passenger left the scene. Police said it’s unknown if the second passenger had any injuries.

Multiple 911 callers said that a person at the scene might be dead. One caller said that the crash a head-on collision, and almost all called it a bad crash.

Initial dispatch reports indicated a third vehicle was involved. The third vehicle was a witness and not involved in the crash, according to police.

Dayton police are continuing to investigate. On Thursday Dayton Police Sgt. Gordon Cairns said that they do not believe that distracted driving caused the crash. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is working to determine if a medical incident was a factor.

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