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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Driver of Vehicle in Crash on Grand Avenue Charged with DUI

This was from the car crash on Grand Avenue on January 21. FTM file. 
On Saturday, January 21 a 2012 Honda Accord was heading south on Grand Avenue when the driver of the vehicle hopped a curb on the windy road, kicked up earth, overcorrected, crossed the double yellow lines and across four lanes of traffic before crashing into an embankment in a front yard on the opposite side of the street.

The driver of the vehicle, Noel Chesse, 65 of Highland Heights, sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital to be evaluated. The car, which was heavily damaged, was towed from the scene.

He was not charged at the scene but according to police, was later charged with D.U.I. at the hospital after submitting to a blood test.

He was released from the hospital after being charged and will await his court date.

According to the police report obtained by Fort Thomas Matters, police estimate that Chesse was traveling between 20 and 40 miles per hour. That stretch of Grand Avenue has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

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After the accident on Saturday, residents that had witnessed the third crash in less than a year on that stretch of a similar nature, said they wanted city council to investigate whether a road diet could help prevent these types of accidents in the future.

Road diets, also called a lane reduction or road rechannelization, is a technique in transportation planning whereby the number of travel lanes and effective width of the road is reduced in order to achieve systemic improvements. In Fort Thomas, this was successfully executed in the past in front of Woodfill Elementary on Alexandria Pike. During the city's visioning and planning process, of which they are taking part of right now, road diets have been mentioned on this stretch as a measure they would like to investigate further.

All three of those high-profile accidents in the last nine months on Grand Avenue involved drugs or alcohol.

Residents, Matt and Susan Twehues, said they think speed is also an issue there, however.

"I grew up on Greenwood, (which is adjacent to this stretch of road) and I don't remember this many accidents happening in the twenty-plus years that I lived there. It's 2:00 in the afternoon and if someone was walking there they would have been killed. I'm not comfortable with having our kids be on the sidewalk in front of our home," she said.


  1. That stretch of road is actually 25 mph, not 35mph. Witnesses said he was going MUCH faster than 20-40 mph!

  2. OK no harm he wasn't speeding! Never mind!