State troopers investigate fatal I-75 crash in Butler County

June 25—The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Hamilton Post investigates an early morning three-vehicle fatal crash involving a pedestrian.

On Interstate 75 near mile marker 28 in Liberty Township, state troopers responded just before 3 a.m.

According to the preliminary investigation, a 2013 Mazda CX-5 was traveling north on I-75 and stopped in the middle lane for an unknown reason. The two occupants of the car got out onto the road. One of the two occupants, Damone K. Maston, 21, of Dayton, and the Mazda were struck by a 2022 Kenworth tractor-trailer combination, operated by Joseph F. Shalata, 47, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania.

Maston was struck again by a 2021 International truck operated by Steve W. Moore, 58, of Franklin.

Maston died at the scene of the accident.

The other occupant of the Mazda, Latoria L. Peppers, 35, of Dayton, was taken by ambulance to Atrium Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Shalata and Moore were not injured as a result of the accident. Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Township. Firefighters and the Ohio Department of Transportation assisted state troopers.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Hamilton Post.

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