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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Car Crash Fatality on Grand Avenue in Fort Thomas

A car crash resulted in a fatality last night in Fort Thomas. FTM file. 
A single-vehicle car crash occurred last night at Grand Avenue and Greenwood Avenue in Fort Thomas at 1:05 a.m.

The driver, who was the only person in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say that a 45-year old from Dayton, Kentucky hopped a curb traveling southbound on Grand Avenue, and went through two yards before crashing into a tree at the corner of Grand and Greenwood Ave.

The tree that was struck still has car debris scattered through the yard. FTM file. 
Lt. Casey Kilgore of the Fort Thomas Police said they are unsure if drugs or alcohol were a factor, but the coroner would perform a toxicology report on the case.

His name is being withheld until next of kin have been informed.

Susan Twehues, who lives two houses down from the crash site on Grand Avenue, said she was first on the scene.

"The car was mangled against the tree. I heard the initial crash and  jumped out of bed. The first thing I saw was that the hood was smoking. I ran down to see if I could get anyone to respond because the airbags were deployed and all the windows were smashed," she said.

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Twehues said that when she first arrived on scene he was still alive and that emergency responders had to utilize the jaws of life to remove the driver from his car. She said that the coroner arrived around 2:30 a.m.

Fort Thomas resident, Tim Mastin, also heard the wreck.

"I heard it, I didn't see it occur. I did see they cut the top of the car off with the jaws and life and covered the body with a sheet.  I know he lost control on Grand and clipped a utility pole," he said.

Katie Conley has lived at her house at the corner of Grand Avenue and Greenwood for close to thirty years. The driver lost control of his car on Grand and went through her yard, narrowly missing her home. Debris from the initial stages of the crash flew into her front door, smashing the glass.

Katie Conley's front door was smashed by a piece of debris from the driver's car. FTM file. 
She said a similar accident occurred about ten years ago, but the driver's car actually did strike her home during that incident.

"We've had numerous wrecks in the curve on this street and most commonly it has been alcohol-related. It's a bad curve if you don't know the road. I think people drive way too fast on Grand Avenue, especially in this section," said Conley.

Matt and Meaghan Horton, who live on the other side of Grand Avenue from Conley said that their retaining wall was struck about a month ago by a woman who, according to police reports, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Matt and Meaghan Horton's retaining wall on the other side of Grand Avenue, in the same curb. FTM file. 

The damage from that crash, which happened over a month ago, was finally fixed on Friday.

"We were just talking about this stretch of road with it being four lanes, are people driving too fast?" asked Meaghan. "This keeps happening here."

"We've only been here for 18 months. We knew we lived on a four-lane road but we weren't really expecting this, but our neighbors have said this happens here. With the recent stretch of events here, we are kind of concerned," said Matt.

Fort Thomas Matters will update this story when more information becomes available.

This is the curb where the car initially jumped the curb into Conley's front yard. FTM file. 

More photos from the scene. FTM file. 

The car fatality from last night in Fort Thomas. FTM file. 


  1. About 20 years ago there was a proposal to change Grand to 2 lanes with parking and drop the speed limit to 25MPH. It was overwhelmingly opposed by Grand Ave residents. Don't know if that would help, probably not.

    1. People just need to not text and drive/drink and drive

    2. As I recall this proposal was opposed primarily by residents not living on Grand Ave., rather other streets in the nieghborhood. I would like to see the two lane, 25 mile per hour limit reviewed again. It also called for on street parking which may further help reduce speed. At least move the vehicals traveling at the high rate of speed further,from the side walks and properties.

  2. About 10 years ago, that proposal was revised and favored by Grand Ave residents, but was denied by side street residents because of obstruction in view when pulling out onto Grand. Being a Grand Ave resident, I would love the extra parking and less street racing.

  3. I'd love to have the city reconsider having it go to a two lane road with street parking.