“Before we could find them, the wrong-way driver was involved in a crash on state Route 48 right at (state Route 123),” Lt. Chuck O’Bryon said.
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Both drivers were cresting a hill when Ridenour and 19-year-old Seth Meintel of Lebanon collided.
Troopers don’t know from where Ridenour was coming, but said he was headed toward home.
Meintel is still in Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Troopers said Ridenour was not impaired, but that he was not supposed to have been driving.
“He did have a drivers license restriction that he wasn’t allowed to drive at night,” O’Bryon said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has preventive measures in place to alert wrong-way drivers on the stretch of the Ohio 48 bypass where the wreck happened.
“Between signs and reflectors there should still be enough clues out there that you’re going the wrong direction on the roadway,” Matt Bruning, ODOT spokesman, said.
However, none of it prevented Monday night’s deadly crash.
ODOT reported there were 27 wrong-way crashes across Ohio in 2018, and so far for 2019 there have been 28 wrong-way crashes resulting in 25 deaths, a trend ODOT officials call “concerning.”