Woman and child dead, driver not injured in Clermont County crash

The command center set up at the Clermont County Library
The command center set up at the Clermont County Library

STONELICK TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Two people are dead after a Thursday evening crash in Stonelick Township near Owensville.

Authorities say 18-year-old Darin Grubbs, of Goshen, fell asleep at the wheel while driving on US 50. The vehicle, a 1998 Pontiac, reportedly traveled off the left side of the road, struck brush and went down an embankment. Authorities found the car overturned in a creek and partially submerged.

Grubbs was not injured but the two other passengers, who police say are family members, did not survive.

A 4-year-old child was transported to Clermont Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other passenger, 38-year-old Melissa Grubbs, was missing from the scene after being ejected out of the car.

A command center was set up at Clermont County Library to conduct a search for Melissa. Her body was found in the Patterson Run Creek around 7:40 on Friday morning, nearly nine hours after the crash. Authorities said high waters made the search operations more challenging.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says alcohol and drugs are not a factor in the crash and that the investigation is ongoing.

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