Sinclair responds to Tuesday’s fatal car crash near campus

In 2013, a consultant for Sinclair proposed closing a section of Fourth Street because Perry and Fifth Streets could be made two-way roads.
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In 2013, a consultant for Sinclair proposed closing a section of Fourth Street because Perry and Fifth Streets could be made two-way roads.

Safety discussions by Sinclair Community College have been underway for years in an attempt to keep students safe and to reduce crashes like the one that killed an 87-year-old woman on Tuesday on an one-way street near the school, schools officials said.

Opal Clouse, a Kettering resident, died after her silver Honda was hit at South Perry and West Fifth streets about 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to a police report.

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For years, Sinclair leaders has been working on ways to ease the flow of traffic near the school’s downtown Dayton campus, Sinclair spokeswoman Deena John told this news organization.

Police with the city of Dayton and Sinclair Community College respond to a wrong-way fatal crash Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in downtown Dayton. Police said Opal Clouse, 87, of Kettering was killed after a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian Traylor, 67, was traveling west in the wrong direction on West Fifth Street. At the intersection of South Perry, Traylor s vehicle crashed into Clouse s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF
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Police with the city of Dayton and Sinclair Community College respond to a wrong-way fatal crash Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in downtown Dayton. Police said Opal Clouse, 87, of Kettering was killed after a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian Traylor, 67, was traveling west in the wrong direction on West Fifth Street. At the intersection of South Perry, Traylor s vehicle crashed into Clouse s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Sinclair has been working with local and national experts to redesign portions of campus as part of a larger master plan. The redesign would aim to make Sinclair’s campus safer and easier to navigate, John said.

In 2013, a consultant for the community college proposed closing a section of Fourth Street because Perry and Fifth Streets could be made two-way roads.

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“We are actively working with the City of Dayton and looking at adding more green space, improving general traffic flow and lowering the speed limit. Sinclair has surveyed students many times over the year and has worked to incorporate their feedback to address overall concerns of safety and navigability.”

Tuesday’s crash occurred when 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, police said. The wrong-way driver, 67-year-old Englewood resident Adrian Traylor, did not sustain serious injuries.

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