Serious injuries in Sunday crash


NEWTON TOWNSHIP — Four victims were transported, three aboard a pair of CareFlight helicopters, following a crash involving two motorcycles and an SUV on Sunday.

First responders were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 721 and Sugar Grover-Circle Hill Road around 6:30 p.m. on the report of a crash involving motorcycles and an SUV.

Initial reports from the scene indicating five were injured, including two motorcyclists who were lying face-down in a ditch. Traffic from Miami County 9-1-1 indicated that at least two of the motorcyclists had not been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

According preliminary crash reports, a white SUV, driven by Hannah Garber, 34, of Newton Twp., was traveling west on Sugar Grove-Circle Hill Road. Garber then failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a pair of motorcycles. The motorcycles were driven by Thomas Treon, 39, of Arcanum and Kory Stidham, 34. of Piqua. Both motorcycle drivers were flown aboard CareFlight. One passenger, Riley Crawford, of Piqua, was also flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. Danielle Wackler, also of Piqua was transported by ground medic to Upper Valley Medical Center,

Pleasant Hill medics and fire personnel requested additional medics respond from Covington Rescue Squad.

CareFlight was put on standby, then called to the scene with a second helicopter requested minutes later. A third helicopter was put on standby but canceled when it was determined that one of the CareFlight helicopters would be able to transport two patients.

Garber was issued a citation for Failure to Yield.

There were no signs of impairment.

Deputies from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate the crash.

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