Heroin overdose blamed for I-74 rollover crash

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 23:34:51-05

GREEN TOWNSHIP (HAMILTON COUNTY), Ohio -- A mother from southeast Indiana flipped her car on Interstate 74 after she overdosed on heroin Friday afternoon, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Green Township Police.

Amanda Gordon, 27, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana was charged with two counts of child endangering, operating a vehicle under the influence, driving without a license, failure to maintain control, not wearing a seat belt and possessing drug abuse instruments.

Sheriff Jim Neil and Chief Bart West reported Gordon had her two sons, ages 8 and 10, in the back seat when she crashed.

Gordon told investigators she and the children's father, Clayford Wilson, also 27, injected some heroin near Beekman Street, according to Neil and West. She then drove west on I-74 and veered off the freeway near the Race Road overpass. The vehicle hit some trees along the right side of the freeway and rolled onto its top, according to Neil and West.

Wilson was thrown from the car, and Gordon was partially ejected. Emergency personnel gave them Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of heroin and other opiates, and took them to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment, Neil and West reported.

Both boys were wearing their seat belts, Neil and West reported, and neither was hurt. They were sent home with their grandmother.

Wilson was charged with not wearing his seat belt. Neil and West reported he also had an outstanding felony out of Dearborn County related to operating a vehicle under the influence.

Both he and Gordon were taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.