Victim’s identity is released

Cause of crash remains under investigation

By Sheryl Roadcap -

SIDNEY — The person killed in the crash on Monday, Oct. 8, has been identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Jodi A. Worthington, 49, of Russia, has been positively identified by the coroner’s office as the victim in the one-vehicle crash.

The driver of the vehicle, 49-year-old Timothy Worthington, of Russia, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, and he remains at the hospital. No further information about his condition is available.

Chief Deputy Jim Frye said the cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

A press release from the Sheriff’s Office indicated the Russia Fire Department, Houston EMS, and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Russia-Houston Road, east of Russia Road, in Loramie Township, after the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 10:37 p.m., on Oct. 8, from BMW auto assistance services reporting a possible vehicle crash at the location.

The first deputy on the scene found a vehicle in the field completely engulfed in fire and a male lying nearby on the ground. Russia firefighters extinguished the fire, and upon checking the vehicle, discovered a deceased passenger.

Preliminary investigation by deputies indicates Worthington was operating a 2015 BMW car eastbound on Russia-Houston Road when the vehicle dropped off the right side of the road and began a broadside slide, running off the left side of the road, and striking a wooden utility pole.

Following the collision with the pole, the vehicle overturned at least one time before coming to a stop.

Cause of crash remains under investigation

By Sheryl Roadcap

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.