Piqua man in critical condition

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Troy firefighters and medics, as well as passers-by, treat the victim of a single-vehicle crash on West State Route 41 on Friday as they also work to extricate him from his crashed vehicle.

Mike Ullery


TROY — William Crockett, 30, of Piqua, remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital as a result of a single-vehicle crash in the 3000 block of West State Route 41, west of Washington Road on Friday. Crockett was the lone occupant in the vehicle.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Crockett was westbound around 10:30 p.m. at an apparent high rate of speed when he lost control of his car, left the roadway and took out approximately 100 feet of wood fence. He then struck, and broke off, a utility pole before coming to rest in a ditch.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Whaley confirmed that as the victim’s car was crashing through the fence, he was impaled by a fence board.

Troy Fire Department medics, along with assistance from passers-by, began treating the victim as firefighters used the “jaws of life” to cut apart the car in order to extricate the victim.

It took emergency personnel approximately 20 minutes to free the victim.

CareFlight was called to fly the victim to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash is still under investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Whaley said.