Eight Teens Riding In Jeep During I-74 Crash
By Mike Perleberg
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – A West Harrison man was among those hurt in a crash on Interstate 74 late Saturday night.
Tommy Pankey, 18, of Cincinnati, was driving a Jeep and pulled onto the shoulder to help a friend whose car broke down on the side of the interstate in Hamilton County’s Green Township, according to the sheriff’s office. As Pankey tried to U-turn back onto the highway, he pulled into the left lane and into the path of a Honda Civic driven by David Briccio, 55, of West Harrison.
Briccio could not avoid a collision. He and a passenger in the Jeep – 18-year-old Mary Lewis, of Cincinnati – were each hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
According to deputies, there were eight people in Pankey’s vehicle at the time of the crash. He was driving and a juvenile female was in the front passenger seat. Five passengers were sitting in the back seat while Lewis was seated in the trunk. None of the Jeep occupants were wearing a seat belt.
Deputies cited Pankey for unsafe backing and driving with a suspended license. Speed, drugs, and alcohol have all been ruled out as factors in the crash.
Briccio was not cited.