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Man arrested after hit-and-run crash killed one, seriously injured two others on I-75

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 20:04:07-05

CINCINNATI — One person is dead and two others are in the hospital with serious injuries after a hit-and-run crash on I-75 North early Saturday morning, Cincinnati Police said.

According to CPD, Karmen Bailey, 31, crashed her car on I-75 North. The crash disabled her vehicle and left her facing south in the northbound lanes of traffic.

Jack Smith, 64, and Weal Sharaydeh, 51, both stopped to help Bailey when a 2019 Ford F150 crashed into Bailey's car while she was still inside and hit Smith and Sharaydeh, who were outside their vehicles.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and Bailey and Sharaydeh were both taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where they remain in serious condition.

Police said the driver of the F150 took off on foot after the crash. On Tuesday, Traffic Unit officers arrested the driver, 32-year-old Matthew Tacker of Warsaw, Kentucky. He stands charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a third-degree felony due to the severity of the crash.

Cincinnati Police have not released what may have caused the initial crash. The investigation is still ongoing, and police may add more charges.