CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WTVN) -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating whether a dispatcher properly responded when police called to report a reckless driver shortly before a fatal crash.
A Chillicothe attorney was killed July 4 when a sport utility vehicle struck her vehicle on U.S. Route 50. Charges are pending against the SUV driver, who had a high blood alcohol content at the time.
Before the crash, a Chillicothe Police officer had alerted the Patrol about an SUV speeding out of the city.
Patrol spokeswoman, Staff Lt. Anne Ralston, says the dispatcher who took the call is being investigated for allegations that they did not send a trooper in response or forward the call to another agency for possible follow-up.
"I think it's really important to let the investigation play out, let them gather all those facts and circumstances," Ralston said.
She says officials also are investigating an allegation that the employee violated policy and didn't correctly log the call.
The dispatcher doesn't have any prior discipline issues in their personnel file. Ralson wouldn't set a timetable for when the investigation might be completed nor would she speculate on whether or not dispatching a trooper would have prevented the crash.
Investigators will be looking at the timeline of events and see if there were any troopers in the area that could have intercepted the reckless driver before the crash.