2 Dayton women killed in 2-vehicle crash in Clayton

The driver and front-seat passenger of a Cadillac sedan were killed after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Clayton.

Driver Tonia E. Cranford and Toya Y. Martin, both 51 of Dayton, were identified as the victims in the crash that happened just before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Hoke Road and state Route 49. The crash also sent a child and the other driver to area hospitals.

Crawford was driving a Cadillac STS north on Hoke Road through the intersection when it was struck on the passenger side by a 2005 Ford Econoline van driven by 63-year-old Jeffrey K. Cox of Dayton, headed west on Ohio 49, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.

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Martin was pronounced dead at the scene, and Cranford was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to  her injuries.

Cox was taken to Grandview Medical Center, and a child in the backseat of the Cadillac was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital, troopers said.

Their conditions were not immediately available, and the crash remains under investigation.

Trooper Sheldon Goodrum spoke at the scene about how fatal crashes can affect the community, particularly during the pandemic.

“Fatal crashes, regardless of when they happen, are devastating to the family and the community,” he said. “I’m sure that it’s tough, even more so for everyone involved.”

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