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Scott Halasz | Greene County NewsThis house on Wilson Drive was struck by a vehicle Tuesday night. The vehicle was driven through the garage and into a home on Morningside Drive.
Scott Halasz | Greene County NewsThis house on Wilson Drive was struck by a vehicle Tuesday night. The vehicle was driven through the garage and into a home on Morningside Drive.
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XENIA — Two Xenia homes were badly damaged on Tuesday night after a car traveling on Wilson Drive went off the road.


According to police, Joseph Kratzer, 55, was on Wilson Dive when his vehicle veered off the road shortly before 8:30 p.m. and went through the garage of a house in the 300 block and then came to rest against the back of a house in the 1000 block of Morningside Drive.


Both houses sustained significant damage, according to the Xenia Police Division.


Kratzer — the sole occupant of the vehicle — was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, across the street from the Wilson Drive home, where he was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m. according to a release from the Greene County Coroner. An autopsy was scheduled to take place Wednesday.


“Early indications are that there was probably a medical condition that was in play,” said Xenia Police Captain Steve Lane.


The homes were occupied at the time of the accident but nobody suffered any injuries. After the initial investigation took place Tuesday, the residents were allowed to return to their homes. The Wilson Drive home was being repaired Wednesday morning.


Lane said the Xenia police crash response team was called in and will continue to investigate.


The results of the autopsy won’t be known for 8-10 weeks, the coroner’s release said.


Scott Halasz covers Xenia and Greene County for the Gazette. He can be reached at 937-372-4444 ext. 137.


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