Wilmington woman dies Saturday in Greene County crash


By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com



A Wilmington woman who was the current president of the Wilmington Republican Women’s Club died after a two-vehicle crash 4:41 p.m. Saturday in Greene County.

The victim, Joyce K. “Kay” Bolton, 73, was traveling west on Roxanna New Burlington Road in a Jeep Cherokee when her vehicle collided with a Honda Civic whose driver failed to yield from a stop sign, according to the Xenia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Bolton was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

The Honda Civic was driven by Andrew Harbison, 58, of Franklin. He was traveling south on Cornstalk Road, the patrol stated.

Harbison was taken to Miami Valley South and released.

The crash remains under investigation, stated the patrol.

According to troopers, Bolton was not wearing a seat belt.

Clinton County Republican Party Chairman Tim Inwood said Sunday, “It’s a tragic loss. Kay’s a sweet lady. She took a bit of time away from public life when her husband passed away, and only recently re-emerged. She never lost her sunny disposition or her wonderful smile.”

He recalled she was in a wonderful mood at the annual ice cream social held by the family of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine where, Inwood said, she posed with him for a “selfie” photo.

The Republican Party fall picnic Monday will open with a moment of silence in memory of four women active in local GOP circles who have passed away in recent weeks: Kay Bolton, Tammy McKay, Kay McMillan and Roberta Naylor.

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By Gary Huffenberger

ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com