Cops: Barefoot driver flees crash

Driver remains at large, wanted for questioning

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



A Hillsboro woman recently indicted by a grand jury allegedly fled the scene of a crash on foot Monday, according to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, and she has yet to be located.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said that according to witness accounts, the female driver of a vehicle that was involved in a one-vehicle rollover crash west of Boston on U.S. Route 50 on Monday afternoon fled the scene on foot, with no shoes, and “disappeared” into a wooded area.

A day after the crash, she has yet to be located.

The driver was identified as Katelyn N. Webb, 21. Webb was identified through her relationship to the vehicle’s owner and by a passenger of the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. Webb is wanted by law enforcement for questioning.

The vehicle’s passenger, Preston R. Ballinger, 29, Hillsboro, remained with the vehicle after the crash, the sheriff’s office said, but was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

According to the sheriff’s office, drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.

While the vehicle was said to have “heavy damage,” no injuries were reported from the accident. And while the sheriff’s office said there has been no official determination as to what caused the crash, at this time it appears the driver “just lost control,” the sheriff’s office said.

As reported earlier this month, Webb was indicted by the May session of a Highland County grand jury on a third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs charge. Court records do not reflect if Webb has yet been arraigned on the charge.

The Highland County Sheriff’s Office and the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District responded to the scene of Monday’s crash.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

Driver remains at large, wanted for questioning

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]