Grandson of Kettering woman killed in wrong-way downtown crash: 'It's kind of confusing down there'

The grandson of an 87-year-old Kettering woman killed in a crash in which the other driver went the wrong way on a Dayton street said he doesn't "hold any animosity toward the driver.”

Opal Clouse died after her silver Honda was hit at South Perry and West Fifth streets near Sinclair Community College about 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to a traffic crash report.

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The one-way streets in downtown Dayton can be confusing and can lead to motorist mistakes, said Brandon Elyea, 30, Clouse’s grandson.

“It’s kind of confusing down there at Ludlow and Perry, where Fifth Street turns into a one way,” Elyea said.

Elyea said he has almost driven the wrong way down that exact stretch of road before.

Clouse was heading south on Perry Street when a sport utility vehicle traveling west in the wrong direction on Fifth Street collided with her vehicle, authorities said. The wrong-way driver, 67-year-old Englewood resident Adrian Traylor, did not sustain serious injuries.

Elyea and his aunt lived with Clouse in a home in Kettering, near the southern end of the city of Dayton golf course.

Clouse, who was retired from General Motors, was in downtown Tuesday morning paying taxes, Elyea said.

“She was a wonderful person who just wanted to help people,” her grandson said. “She’d do anything for anybody.”

Clouse’s Honda was struck as she was entering the intersection of South Perry and West Fifth streets by a Toyota RAV4 being driven by Traylor, according to the crash report.

Her car was sent into a utility pole at the southwestern corner of the intersection. Clouse was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Clouse is survived by her three daughters. Her husband died in the 2000s.

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