It has been one year since the massive 86-car pileup on Interstate I-275 which claimed
the life of 12-year-old Sammy Reagan.
Sammy was a sixth grader at
The accident happened on
January 21, 2012 on I-275 near Colerain Avenue. The crash was caused by conditions very similar to
today. Sudden snow bursts in the area caused reduced visibility and icy road
conditions between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
Some bystanders tried to save Sammy's life, including Aaron
Foster, who missed the pileup by mere seconds.
"Everything was clear and then over the course of 30 seconds
it was a white out, the roads were slick, people started sliding around,"
Foster was on his way to visit his parents in Ross when the pileup
started. He initially stopped to assist two women who were stuck in their
"As soon as it came it was gone," Foster said of the
What the burst of snow left behind were 86 vehicles and a group of
strangers trying to save a 12-year-old's life.
"Out of the corner of my eye I saw what I thought was a piece
of a car that flew through the median, and I ran up, and it was a little
Foster quickly covered her with his jacket, and waited for the
assistance of an off-duty firefighter and a nurse.
"We turned her over, he breathed for her and I did
compressions and the nurse got on the phone with 911 and we just waited for
somebody to come."
Foster said it felt like 20 minutes until emergency crews could
reach them. Just cars behind, Sammy Reagan's mother was also at the scene.
"I can't imagine going through that," Foster added.
"As shocked as I was with the circumstances, I can't imagine being a
parent and going through that."
Now the Kings community is grieving together, remembering the
bright personality of a daughter, twin, and big sister.
"The first thing they talk about was her smile," said
Valerie Brown, superintendent of Kings Local Schools. "And it was a
contagious smile. She was somebody who everybody liked to be around."
"She was definitely a very vivacious little girl," added
Julie Cabral. "And she touched other students in a very positive