State troopers investigate I-75 fatal crash in Butler County

Three vehicles involved in morning crash on Interstate 75 involving a pedestrian.

The Hamilton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a Tuesday morning three-vehicle fatal vehicle crash that involved a pedestrian.

On Interstate 75 near mile marker 28 in Liberty Twp., state troopers responded just before 3 a.m.

According to the preliminary investigation, a 2013 Mazda CX-5 was traveling north on I-75 and stopped in the middle lanes for an unknown reason. The two occupants of the car exited into the roadway. One of the two occupants, Damone K. Maston, 21, of Dayton, and the Mazda were struck by a 2022 Kenworth tractor-trailer combination, operated by Joseph F. Shalata, 47, of Tunkhannock, Pa.

Maston was struck again by a 2021 International truck operated by Steve W. Moore, 58, of Franklin.

Maston died at the scene of the crash.

The other occupant of the Mazda, Latoria L. Peppers, 35, of Dayton, was transported by ambulance to Atrium Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Sgt. Tyler Ross, with the State Highway Patrol Public Affairs Office, said investigators are working to determine whether Peppers or Maston was the driver of the vehicle. However, once they exited the vehicle they became pedestrians on the highway.

Shalata and Moore were not injured as a result of the crash. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Twp. Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation assisted state troopers.

The crash remains under investigation by the Hamilton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.