Alcohol factor in fatal collision

Troy woman’s alcohol level three times legal limit

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — The driver of the car who crashed head-on with a school bus had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit, according to autopsy results.

Miami County Coroner Dr. William Ginn released the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office autopsy results on Wednesday. The coroner ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt-force trauma for Taylor Dickey, 21, of Troy, from the Jan. 28 head-on collision with a Milton-Union school bus.

The blood alcohol level of Dickey was listed as 0.293. The legal blood alcohol limit in Ohio is 0.08. The report also listed two antidepressants present in her system at the time of her death. No drugs were detected, according to results.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak said crash re-constructionists will begin to close out their investigation and timeline now that the autopsy report is complete.

“Clearly, she is the at-fault driver and clearly, alcohol played a major role in her erratic driving that morning. It’s tragic that it ended with the loss of life and we are thankful no one else was hurt — it could have been a lot worse,” Duchak said.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office crash investigators completed a crash data retrieval (C.D.R.) from the on-board computer of Dickey’s Chevrolet Cavalier. According to the data, the vehicle, traveling westbound on State Route 55, had reached a speed of 101 mph and was showing acceleration immediately prior to the crash, in which Dickey went left of center and collided head-on with the eastbound bus.

The data also shows that no braking occurred prior to the crash and that the seat belt was not engaged.

Investigators have found that Ms. Dickey’s cell phone did not have any activity on it prior to the crash, according to Miami County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Beer cans were found at the scene of the accident and in the vehicle, according to reports.

Several students on the bus suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital or to the school to be treated for minor injuries following the accident. All students — middle through high school age — were released the same day.

Troy woman’s alcohol level three times legal limit

By Melanie Yingst

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