SCIOTO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 2/12/19 @ 4:50 p.m.
A man has been indicted on several charges in connection with a head-on crash in West Portsmouth that killed an 18-month-old girl and injured several others, according to Scioto County court records.
Brandon Davis, 25, of Portsmouth, faces an aggravated vehicular homicide charge in the death of the toddler, Aerilyn J. Lowe. Davis also faces five counts of vehicular assault for the others who were hurt in the crash.
That crash happened last June on state Route 73 just north of Galena Pike.
Investigators say Davis was headed south on state Route 73 in a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. That vehicle went left of center, striking a 2005 Ford Freestar van head-on. The toddler who died and her mother, who was critically injured but survived the crash, were in the Pontiac driven by Davis.
The driver and passengers in the Ford van were not as seriously hurt.
UPDATE 6/13/18 @ 4:10 p.m.
More details have been released in a head-on crash Tuesday on state Route 73 that killed an 18-month-old girl, including the victim’s name.
Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol say Aerilyn J. Lowe was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Investigators also say drugs and/or alcohol impairment is believed to be a factor in the crash.
It happened around 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, just north of Galena Pike.
Troopers say Brandon Davis, 25, of Portsmouth, was driving south on state Route 73 in a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. That vehicle went left of center, striking a 2005 Ford Freestar head-on.
Aerilyn Lowe, the young girl who died, was a passenger in the Pontiac Vibe driven by Davis.
The Ford Freestar was driven by a 29-year-old woman from McDermott, Ohio, who was headed north. She was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center and later transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where she was treated and released.
Three young kids in the Ford Freestar were taken to Nationwide Children’s in Columbus with non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers say all were properly restrained inside that vehicle.
Davis was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Another passenger in that Pontiac Vibe, Brooklyn Moore, was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington. She is listed in critical condition.
Troopers say Brooklyn Moore is the mother of the child who died. They say she and Davis were not wearing seatbelts, but the child who died was restrained in a car seat.
Shane Abrams was walking by the site of the crash Wednesday afternoon. He heard one of the helicopters taking off Tuesday night.
He didn't know what had happened until we told him.
"It's very upsetting really. It's not a good thing, especially little kids."
He and his girlfriend are expecting a child in October. He said he watches out for drunk and/or distracted drivers as they walk along state Route 73, but he knows it's not the safest mode of transportation.
He wants other drivers to be more cautious.
"Be safe. Be safe and be careful and watch what you're doing when you're driving."
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Washington TWP VFD, Portsmouth Ambulance, and the Scioto County Dog Warden.
ORIGINAL STORY 6/13/18
A child was killed in a crash Tuesday evening in West Portsmouth, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Troopers say it happened along State Route 73 just south of Dry Run Road about three miles west of Portsmouth.
Investigators describe the victim as a "small child" but an age and name have not been released.
No other information has been released at this time.
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