Jeanne Riesenbeck, Crowley family matriarch, dies in Eden Park crash after son suffers medical issue

CINCINNATI -- A well-known member of the Mt. Adams community and matriarch of the Crowley family was killed in a crash on Mt. Adams Drive on Thursday.

David Riesenbeck, 47, was operating a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro eastbound in the 900 block of Mount Adams Drive around 3:50 p.m. when he suffered an undetermined medical episode and lost control of the vehicle, according to police.

The car came to a stop in a wooded area 69 feet below street level after going over the embankment, according to a police sketch.

The driver's mother, Jeanne Riesenbeck, 85, was pronounced dead at the scene after she was thrown from the Camaro. Investigators say she was not wearing her seat belt.

Jeanne Riesenbeck is member of the Crowley family that owns and operates Crowley's bar in Mt. Adams. She is also a well-known member of the Mt. Adams community.

The family released a statement Friday on Facebook saying, "Our family is devastated tonight as we have lost out matriarch and favorite aunt/mom/downstairs me-maw/in-law Jean ‘Chickie' Crowley. Please keep her and us in your thoughts and prayers. Have a Presbyterian (7 & 7, with a splash of soda) tonight and blast ‘That's Life,' by Tony Bennett in her honor."

Emergency crews took David Riesenbeck to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

The nature of the driver's medical episode was not immediately clear.

Investigators say they do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call the Cincinnati Police Department's Traffic Unit at 513-352-2514 .

WCPO Digital's Maxim Alter, Casey Weldon and Jesse Folk contributed to this report.

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