UPDATE: 07/06/2018 As a result of his injuries sustained in the collision and resulting fire, David Harris, Jr. (51, male) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed away on July 5, 2018, at 10:28 P.M. at the University of Cincinnati Medical
Last night at 9:23 P.M., officers from our department, Boone County Sheriff's Office, KY, Kentucky State Police, and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources were dispatched to a single vehicle collision on northbound Interstate 75 in the area of the 168.7 mile marker. It was further reported the operator of the vehicle was entrapped and the vehicle was on fire.
Preliminary investigation indicates David Harris Jr. (51, male) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was operating a 2005 Nissan Altima on northbound Interstate 75 between Crittenden and Walton when the vehicle exited the right side of the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle continued to travel in a northern direction until striking the overpass abutment at Eads Road. This collision entrapped Mr. Harris inside the vehicle and caused a fire to the engine compartment. Officers from the four police agencies and passersby attempted to suppress the fire and free Mr. Harris from the wreckage. The fire was ultimately controlled by the Walton Fire Protection District and he was extricated from the vehicle. Mr. Harris was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with significant injuries from both the collision and the resulting fire.
Our Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating this case.