One dead following crash in West Milton


By Michael Ullery - mullery@aimmediamidwest.com



Mike Ullery | Daily Call A vehicle sits in the roadway at Hayes and Jay streets in West Milton following a fatal car crash on Monday evening.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call A vehicle sits in the roadway at Hayes and Jay streets in West Milton following a fatal car crash on Monday evening.


WEST MILTON — One man is dead following a single car crash in West Milton on Monday evening.

The driver killed in the accident was identified as Michael Close, 60, of West Milton, according to Miami County Coroner William Ginn.

The crash was reported around 8:30 p.m. when a vehicle traveling westbound on Hayes Street (St. Rt. 571) appeared to lose control, drove left of center and struck a utility pole head-on.

“We think something medical happened,” Ginn said. The cause of the accident is uncertain and preliminary autopsy reports are pending.

Chief Harry Busse of the West Milton Police Department said that a witness that was following the vehicle reported that the driver appeared to slump over the steering wheel before striking the pole. The witness also told police that no brake lights were seen prior to the crash.

The West Milton Fire Department and Union Township Rescue Squad responded to the scene, but the driver was deceased when they arrived.

Busse said that a crash reconstruction team from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office was called and will be working jointly with his department in the investigation.

Hayes Street was closed for several hours as the crash was investigated.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call A vehicle sits in the roadway at Hayes and Jay streets in West Milton following a fatal car crash on Monday evening.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2018/07/web1_073018mju_crsh_milton_fatal-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call A vehicle sits in the roadway at Hayes and Jay streets in West Milton following a fatal car crash on Monday evening.

By Michael Ullery

mullery@aimmediamidwest.com