A Xenia man was hit and killed on U.S. 35 around 5:50 a.m. Sept. 7. Timothy R. Wood, 33, was killed during the crash near the U.S. 35 and Woodman Drive exit. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Fatal pedestrian crashes: 6 deadly area accidents this year

The crash this weekend that killed a killed a man in his 70s on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. is among several fatalities involving pedestrians on area roads this year.

The crash that resulted in the arrest of Sandra Lynn Rowe, 59, occurred about 6:15 p.m. Saturday near Alex Bell Road while the man was waiting at a bus stop, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Rowe was arrested Saturday night and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to the Miami Valley Jails website. Rowe has not been formally charged, and the victim’s identity has not yet been released, authorities said.

Other area motor vehicle crashes this year killing non-motorists include:

Motorists on Ohio 741 that night said they saw a man in the middle of the street “walking toward cars,” and they narrowly avoided hitting him shortly before Spearman was killed.

Police said it appeared Spearman was walking south when the southbound vehicle struck him in the 6600 block in front of Bishop Leibold school.

Wood was a bartender and performer at MJ’s on Jefferson in Dayton, company officials said. He was engaged and had two children, according to MJ officials.

It appeared the teen, who was not at a crosswalk, darted out in front of the truck. As a result, the pedestrian was struck by the truck.

Police said Ball was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main when he was struck by the sport-utility vehicle also headed west. Ball was not wearing a helmet, authorities said.

March 13: A Springfield woman was killed after she was struck by a car in Clark County. Dena Portis, 32, died when she and a teenager were hit about 7:18 a.m. on Old Springfield Road near Buffenbarger Road, authorities said.

A family member called Portis because their vehicle had broken down, authorities said. Portis had parked her Jeep Renegade westbound car in the eastbound lane, authorities said.

Her vehicle and the broken down one were facing each other in an effort to jump the car that wasn’t working, authorities said.

They were unsuccessful and later pushed it off the road. The Jeep remained parked in the road.

A 2006 Ford Focus driven by Stephanie Weaver, 24, of Chillicothe, then crested the hill, heading eastbound. Weaver swerved to avoid hitting the Jeep head-on, authorities said, striking the left side of the Jeep and two pedestrians — Portis and Ta’Vaughn Tilley, 19, both of Springfield.

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