Lauren Pack and Rick McCrabb
Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio
Aug. 24—A 9-year-old Hamilton girl was killed in a crash Monday night when the driver of the vehicle she was riding in apparently ran a stop sign, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
Kylee Michelle Meiners, a student at Bridgeport Elementary School in Hamilton, died from traumatic injuries and her death was ruled an accident, the Butler County Coroner’s Office released after the autopsy.
“The Hamilton City School District and Bridgeport community send our thoughts and condolences to the family,” a statement from the district read. “The District Crisis Intervention Team will be available for students and staff at Bridgeport Elementary (Wednesday) to support those in need.”
Besides Kylee, four others were injured in the two-vehicle crash that happened about 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Eaton Road and West Taylor School road in Wayne Twp.
Initial investigation shows that a 2008 Dodge minivan traveling west on West Taylor School Road failed to stop for a stop sign at the Eaton Road intersection. It was struck in the passenger side by a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck that was southbound on Eaton Road.
Two juvenile occupants were ejected from the van and thrown into a field.
Kylee was pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old suffered severe injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, according to the sheriff’s office.
The 56-year-old female driver of the van and a 15-year-old passenger were transported by ambulance to Kettering Health Hamilton. A fifth passenger, an adult male, declined treatment at the scene for minor, visible injuries.
The driver of the pickup declined treatment at the scene but self-transported to an area hospital for evaluation for minor, visible injuries.
The Butler County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating. At this time, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash.
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