Two killed after car crash in Union Township

Two elderly women were killed in a car crash in Union Township July 29.

Ohio State Highway Patrol along with the Union Township Police Department are investigating the crash that occurred at approximately 7 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 32 and Bells Lane in the township.

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Corean Hutcherson, 78, of Cincinnati was driving a Chrysler minivan north on Bells Lane crossing state Route 32 while Ronald Godfrey, 33, of Cincinnati, was driving a Ford E-350 Penske Rental Truck west on state Route 32 approaching the intersection at Bells Lane.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Godfrey failed to stop for a red traffic light at Bells Lane and struck the minivan on the passenger side.

Both vehicles traveled off the north side of the road where the minivan overturned. The vehicles came to rest with the minivan partially wedged under the truck.

Both Hutcherson and her passenger Betty Hines, 75, of Cincinnati, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Godfrey was previously being chased by Union Township police.

Godfrey and his passenger, Jeffrey S. Moore, 41, of Owensville, were transported by Union Township EMS to Anderson Mercy Hospital for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lieutenant Anne Ralston of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Godfrey was later charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and Moore was charged with receiving stolen property.

Both men are incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail.

“Our investigators are working with the Union Township Police Department to gather information about what happened leading up to the crash,” Ralston said.

Ralston said investigators are also working with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and a crash re-constructionist who responded to the scene as well.

She said the crash remains under investigation.