DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Four children are hospitalized after a speeding car went off a road and hit a tree in a fiery crash that killed two other children and two adults, police said Thursday.
Dayton police Lt. James Mullins said all eight people were packed into the Dodge Avenger that crashed late Wednesday morning in the southwest Ohio city, apparently splitting the car into two parts. Crash reconstruction detectives estimate the vehicle was traveling at least twice the 35-mph speed limit, but why is unclear.
“You go drive that fast in a 35 mph zone, you forget about the things on the side of the road like trees and RTA poles that are not very forgiving when you crash into them,” Mullins said.
Police said they believe everyone in the car was related, but they were still working to confirm exactly how.
Mullins identified the four people killed as Renee Jones-Blevins, 49, who was driving the car; and passengers Quaishia Jones, 28; Tae’Kwaun Jones, 10; and Mae’lah Jones, 5.
The surviving children are ages 12, 5, 2 and 1, police said. Police provided no further details about the hospitalized children or their conditions.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. A witness on a 911 call reported the vehicle driving erratically moments before the crash, the Dayton Daily News reported.