New Straitsville Man Killed in Accident

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A New Straitsville man is dead after being struck while walking on State Route 13 near Corning Sunday night.

The accident took place around 8:50pm. The Lancaster Post of the State Highway said 55-year-old Lee Watkins, of Corning was driving north on State Route 13 when he struck two pedestrians as they walking north on 13.

One of the pedestrians 29-year-old Dean Morrison was pronounced dead at the scene. The other pedestrian 33-year-old Cindy Spears of Crooksville was flown by MedFlight to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with suspected serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Watkins fled the scene and was found a short time later. The patrol said impairment is suspected in the crash which remains under investigation.

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Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.