Driver in fatal West Chester crash had prior OVI

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Police have released the name of the 42-year-old victim who was killed in a crash early Wednesday morning.

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The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident has previously been convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence, according to court records.

Adam Summers, 25, of West Chester, was driving a silver 2006 Infinity northbound on U.S. 42 when he struck a utility pole around 1:30 a.m. June 1, causing the vehicle to flip multiple times and split in two, according to police.

Summers survived the crash, but his passenger was thrown from the car and killed, police said.

Timothy Haunert, 42, of West Chester, died from “multiple traumatic injuries,” according to an autopsy report from the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner ruled the man’s death an accident.

Police Chief Josh Herzog said speed and alcohol were involved and charges will likely follow.

“It’s probably premature for me to say, but I would say it’s very likely,” Herzog told the Journal-News about potential charges.

Summers was convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence in 2008, according to court records.

Two 911 calls came in to dispatch reporting the accident.

The first came from what sounds like a young woman. She describes the crash scene as a “really, really, really terrible accident.”

“The car is like in a ton of pieces …,” she said. “They need somebody there, now.”

The second caller, a man, couldn’t identify what was crumpled in the middle of the road.

“I don’t know if it was a motorcycle or a car, I don’t know what it was,” he said. “It’s completely demolished.”

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