Today, September 24th at 14:20hrs, NBPD responded to a serious single vehicle crash within the 3900 block of Rhodes Ave (U.S.52 East). On arrival to the scene, NBPD Officers found that a silver 2002 Chevrolet Van had lost control and slammed into a wood utility pole. Witnesses to the crash, advised NBPD Officers that the driver of the silver van was traveling in the North lane on Rhodes and the driver was traveling very fast for several blocks and then in the 3900 block of Rhodes, the driver attempted to change lanes quickly and lost control and struck a street sign along the curb and then started to spun around and then struck the utility pole.
The driver was identified as Taylor Montgomery age 23 of New Boston. She was the only person in the vehicle. She received serious visible injuries during this crash. The New Boston Fire and Portsmouth Fire Department had to use the “Jaws of Life” to cut her out of the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, Portsmouth Ambulance transported Montgomery to the Southern Ohio Medical Center.
Speed is definitely a factor in this crash. NBPD will subpoena her medical records at a later date to determine if alcohol or drugs would be a factor in the crash too. Once the crash investigation is completed then determination for traffic charges will be made.