Child among two in critical condition after car plows into pedestrians in Avondale

CINCINNATI -- A driver ran his car off the road and onto a sidewalk in Avondale Thursday afternoon, hitting a 12-year-old girl and a woman who were walking along the street.

The adolescent and 43-year-old Monisa Barnes were struck by a 2002 Pontiac Grand AM just after 3 p.m. while walking in the 3800 block of Vine Street.

According to Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, Ryan Culver, 23, drove the Pontiac westbound on Glenwood Street and ran a traffic light. Culver plowed through the Vine Street intersection, proceeded across the sidewalk and eventually crashed into a home.

The child and Barnes were carried by Culver's car, and left pinned between the car and the home, Blackwell reported.

WCPO reporter Natasha Williams spoke to a neighbor who believed Culver tried to beat the red light.

"This car comes speeding off of Glenwood," Virginia Howard said. "It reminded me almost of like a spaceship. It just took off, and could not make the turn."

Barnes was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and the child was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Blackwell said both victims suffered life-threatening injuries and were in critical condition Thursday night.

Firefighters had to remove Culver, Christina Swanson, 36, and Ben Thompson, 26, from the car. No one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, according to a press release.

All three were taken to UCMC to be treated for minor injuries, but were released Thursday night.

Speed and drugs were determined to be factors in the crash, Blackwell said. He released no information on charges.

Howard said it wasn't icy when the crash happened, and there was little snow on the ground at that time.

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