Driver can’t remember fatal crash

Long-time Springfield couple killed

The Highland County woman suspected of causing the July crash resulting in the death of a long-time Springfield couple “has no direct memory of the crash or occurrences prior to it,” according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

No charges have been filed against Jacqueline Montgomery, 45, of Leesburg, but evidence points to her, according to the report, obtained Tuesday through a public-records request.

A video obtained from a homeowner living near the crash “clearly” shows her continuing from southbound Township Line Road in Warren County onto eastbound Ohio 73 - without stopping at a stop sign at the intersection, according to the report.

Robert and Margaret Large, both 66, were pronounced dead after a heavy forklift truck - struck by Montgomery’s 2005 Hyundai Elantra - crossed the centerline shortly before 2 p.m., July 22, into the path of the Large’s 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van.

The truck and van veered off the road into a wall, the Large van continuing into a tree. The Larges lived in Springfield until two years ago, when they moved back to their hometown, North Vernon, Ind., following the retirement of Robert Large, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, after careers in the military and with the U.S. EPA, according to his obituary.

The truck driver, William Williamson, 59, of Moraine, was treated for minor injuries; Montgomery, a teacher headed to pick up her sewing machine in Lebanon, spent two days in the hospital with a concussion and other injuries, according to the report.

“Now she wonders why she wasn’t the one who was killed as opposed to the other two individuals,” her lawyer, Charles Rittgers, said. “She’s shaken to the core. Every time she talks about it, she cries.”

Montgomery told troopers her last memory was of traveling from Wilmington Pike onto Township Line, using a route charted on Google Maps. Cell phone records show Montgomery hadn’t been on her iPhone in the past hour. Nor was there evidence alcohol or drugs, or speed, were involved, according to the report.

“I do not remember my speed, but I was not in a hurry. The next thing I remember I heard a man’s voice and being in an ambulance,” Montgomery said in her statement.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said he still needs to review the report before deciding on charges.

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