The woman killed in a wrong-way crash Tuesday in downtown Dayton is 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
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Police were dispatched on a report of a crash with one person trapped near West Fifth and South Perry streets about 9 a.m.
According to a Dayton Police Department traffic incident report, a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian Traylor, 67, was traveling west in the wrong direction on West Fifth. At the intersection of South Perry, Traylor’s vehicle crashed into Clouse’s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole.
Clouse was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the report. Traylor was not injured.
Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets.
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“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said. “I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.”
The preliminary report does not show a charge or citation for Traylor. The crash remains under investigation, according to police.