By Janie Southard
Celina resident Nathan Hanna, 18, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton following a traffic accident Saturday afternoon on I-75 north of Dayton.
He is the son of Vernis R. and Ruth Hanna of 1015 Rosewood Drive. Funeral arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
A 2004 graduate of Celina High School, Hanna was following two 19-year-old Celina friends, Dave Winget and Josh Dixon, as the trio headed home from a job site in Independence, Ky. The other men, whose vehicle was not involved in the accident, reportedly witnessed the crash.
According to the Dayton Police Department, at about 1:30 p.m. Hanna exited his disabled car along a narrow median strip near the Keowee Street exit. A second car, driven by a 36-year-old Troy man, hydroplaned on the wet pavement and hit Hanna's car, pinning him against the concrete median.
Hanna was transported to the hospital and initially listed in critical condition. No other injuries were reported. Officials said northbound I-75 was closed for several hours as workers cleaned up the debris from the accident.
Portions of the Dayton police accident report were unavailable to The Daily Standard today due to the large number of accidents on the interstate keeping officers busy, said Lt. Michael Wilhelm, the department's First District Commander.
"With all the construction going on, we investigate three or four accidents along that stretch each day," said Wilhelm.
The area where Hanna's accident took place is near "Malfunction Junction," a deadly stretch of highway where curves and multiple exits tend to routinely create traffic jams and crashes, he added.