By Shelley Grieshop
A Celina man remained in critical condition this morning at a Dayton hospital after a car reportedly pinned him against the concrete median of Interstate 75 in a crash on Saturday.
Nathan Hanna, 18, 1015 Rosewood Drive, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, following the accident that took place near the Keowee Street exit. A nurse reportedly stopped her car and resuscitated Hanna at the scene before paramedics transported him to the hospital.
Hanna, a 2004 Celina High School graduate, was driving a red 1991 Honda Civic northbound on I-75 and following two Celina friends, Dave Winget and Josh Dixon, both 19. The trio reportedly work together and were returning to Mercer County from a job site in Independence, Ky., when the crash took place.
According to a preliminary report from the Dayton Police Department, at 1:30 p.m. Hanna exited his disabled car after parking it in the narrow median of the interstate. A black Pontiac Bonneville, driven by a 36-year-old Troy man, also was traveling northbound and hydroplaned on the wet pavement, striking Hanna's car at about 50 mph. The Honda was catapulted across three lanes of traffic while Hanna was reportedly pinned against the concrete by the Pontiac, the report stated.
The Troy man and a 7-year-old passenger did not claim injury at the scene. A spokeswoman for the Dayton police told The Daily Standard the accident took place near an area of I-75 known as "Malfunction Junction," one of the most hazardous sections of the interstate within the city limits.
"That is the worst place you could ever pull a car over and get out. It's the most dangerous place in our city," said spokeswoman Julie Swisher.