Driver suspected of OVI in fatal crash on Free Pike in Dayton

UPDATE @ 9:06 a.m. (Feb. 3):

An autopsy will be conducted today for 57-year-old Juan Roddy, of Dayton, who was struck and killed by a suspected intoxicated driver on Free Pike Friday night.

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m. (Feb. 2): A 37-year-old man is behind bars, accused of striking and killing a man on Free Pike while driving intoxicated.

Charley R. Strickland was booked tonight on $2,000 bond into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Dayton Municipal Court, according to online jail records.

Charley R. Strickland (MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

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UPDATE @ 9 p.m. (Feb. 2): A 57-year-old man was killed on Free Pike when he was hit by a suspected intoxicated driver as he was checking a chain attached to a vehicle he was towing, Dayton police Lt. Steven Bauer said. 

Juan Roddy, of Dayton, died before police and medic units could get to the scene in the 4200 block of Free Pike, near Arlene Avenue, Bauer said. 

Roddy has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. A person in the vehicle Roddy was towing also was injured in the collision and taken to a hospital. The condition of that person is not known.

Bauer said the suspected intoxicated driver, a 37-year-old male, is in custody. 

Roddy was driving on Free Pike and had gotten out of his pickup truck and was adjusting the tow chain when he was struck and killed, Bauer said. 

The pickup truck that hit Roddy and the vehicle being towed had been headed in the same direction on Free Pike, Bauer said.

UPDATE @ 7:12 p.m. (Feb. 2): 

The fatality is a male, according to Dayton police, and one other person has been taken to a hospital from the vehicle accident on Free Pike. 

The condition of the person injured is not known. 

Free Pike is closed from England to Arlene avenues until further notice. 


A coroner's investigator has been called to a fatal traffic accident at Free Pike and England Avenue. 

The incident was reported just after 6:15 p.m. and was dispatched initially as a person trapped beneath a vehicle. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was asked to dispatch an investigator minutes later. 

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Traffic in the area near the accident is backed up. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. 

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