CINCINNATI — Four people were killed when a minivan carrying a family leaving a Christmas party went the wrong way on a southwestern Ohio highway and hit another minivan whose driver and family were going to see grandparents for the holidays, police said.
The 2:30 a.m. head-on collision on Interstate 75 near Franklin took the lives of three adults and a 7-year-old boy and critically injured two other children, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Stan Jordan.
Alcohol was a suspected factor, he said. Investigators smelled liquor in the minivan that was going the wrong way and found a bottle of alcohol in the vehicle, he said.
Jordan said Joshua Nkansah, 40, of Fairfield was driving with his children when he turned his minivan around on the highway and started driving the wrong way. The vehicle hit another minivan carrying Scott and Michele Barhorst of Madisonville, Tenn., and their four children, ages 8-18, the officer said.
Nkansah was killed along with his 7-year-old son, David, and 31-year-old Michele Barhorst, Jordan said. Scott Barhorst, 37, later died at a Cincinnati hospital.
Jordan said Nkansah's 4-year-old son, Darius, and the Barhorsts' 9-year-old daughter, Haley, were in critical condition.
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The Barhorsts were headed to St. Mary's in western Ohio to visit the children's grandparents for Christmas, Jordan said. Nkansah's wife was home at the time of the accident, he said.
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Donna RenickSunday, December 23, 2012 4:14:25 PMPraying for the family...
Scott DeangeloSunday, December 23, 2012 4:16:10 PMmy prayers go out to both families of this crash.
John VigloSunday, December 23, 2012 4:31:01 PMSo sad.
Shari MillerSunday, December 23, 2012 4:39:15 PMSo very sad :-(
John DerkachSunday, December 23, 2012 5:00:06 PMmy thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Beth See GoodrowSunday, December 23, 2012 5:13:49 PMWhat the hell is going on in this world. We saw today on the news in Whittier that a man driving was hit head on and lived but his 2 young only sons were killed. Merry f'ing Christmas