DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of Sunday’s crash as 30-year-old Andrew Brunsman of Beavercreek.
Brunsman was an employee at Reynolds and Reynolds in the software support department. The company released a statement Tuesday:
Company Spokesman Tom Schwartz said, “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family for the loss they have suffered. Additionally, all of us at Reynolds are also feeling that loss, since he was a colleague.”
Schwartz said Brunsman had been a Reynolds employee less than six months.
It was a terrifying moment for drivers Sunday when a car could be seen speeding down I-75 the wrong way passing several cars and then merging into the far left lane. Moments later, the car hit a gasoline tanker truck head-on. Reggie Lewis witnessed it all first-hand.
“It was scary,” Lewis said. “Because I didn’t know it was a fatality till later, but it looked like one. To get away from those kind of flames and everything would be a huge achievement.”
The wrong-way driver died in the crash. The semi-truck driver escaped with minor injuries. ODOT is now working around the clock to repair the damage.
“They’re making sure that there’s no residue left on the interstate from the crash,” ODOT spokesperson Mandi Dillon said. “And they’re hoping to complete the removal of the damage pavement on the inside lanes.”
ODOT is footing the bill to replace roughly 300 feet of asphalt–that goes down about 3 inches deep. They’ll also fix the medians, re-paint the road and take a closer look nearby to see if it needs any improvements.
In the meantime, Lewis says he’s giving himself plenty of time to get around and suggest other drivers do the same.
“I probably won’t get back on the highway,” Lewis said. “I can get to where I want to anyway, but the highway because I just know the area.”
ODOT plans to have all repairs done and all lanes opened by Thursday morning rush hour.