Fairborn woman ID’d as driver killed in U.S. 40 crash in Miami County


A 47-year-old woman killed Friday evening after she pulled the SUV she was driving onto U.S. 40 into the path of a sedan in Bethel Twp. has been identified.

Rhonda L. Friend of Fairborn was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened at 5:48 p.m. on U.S. 40, also known as West National Road, at Solar Drive, which is the entrance to a mobile home park north of Huber Heights, said Miami County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Bobb.

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The woman driving a Nissan SUV, later identified as Friend, collided with an Acura sedan whose driver had the right of way, Bobb said.

The impact of the crash forced the Acura off the left side of the road but the woman driving the car was not taken to a local hospital, the lieutenant said.

Neither driver had any passengers.

The sheriff’s office’s crash reconstruction team is continuing to investigate.