West Chester OH Injury: World War II vet plows into car, pedestrians at parade

06/01/2010 // West Palm Beach , Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

West Chester, OH—Officials from the West Chester Police Department reported six people were injured in a traffic accident during a Memorial Day parade. The wreck involved two cars and four pedestrians, according to information provided by WCPO.com.

Everett Cole, an 84-year-old World War II veteran, was reportedly driving a Chevy Impala on Cresthaven Drive when the initial motor vehicle collision (MVC) occurred. His vehicle struck a BMW that was driven by 80-year-old Dorothy Roth.

On impact, Cole’s Chevy Impala veered east on Cresthaven where it hit four pedestrians. His vehicle only came to a rest after flipping onto its side and colliding with a tree.

Emergency medical services (EMS) crews responded to the scene to transport those injured to area hospitals for treatment. The accident scene was located in the 8700 block of Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

Pedestrians involved and injured in the wreck included 30-year-old West Chester Police Officer Adam Roth, 83-year-old decorated Korean War vet Ralph J. Grophjan, 61-year-old U.S. Navy Sea Cadets officer William Pucillo, and 25-year-old Rich Schively. Dorothy Roth and Everett Cole were also injured in the motor vehicle accident.

All but William Pucillo and Dorothy Roth were transported to medical centers after the 10 a.m. incident. The accident victims were taken to hospitals including West Chester Medical Center, Bethesda North Hospital and Atrium Hospital.

According to witness Mark Sennett, who has filed the Memorial Parade in West Chester for the last 32 years, “He crossed Cincinnati Dayton Road, went down this ravine and the car flipped over on its side. It’s just kind of a big shock, you don’t expect things like this to happen.”

Though witnesses contended it appeared as if Cole might have suffered a medical episode before the crash, a full probe will be required to determine the true case of the injurious Memorial Day crash.

No charges have been filed as of yet.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers.

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