Damion Henderson, 16, a student at Amelia High School, was killed Sunday in single-vehicle crash on Interstate 275. Provided by West Clermont Local School District.
Larry Molloy's photograph from a 2009 Clermont County operating a motor vehicle while under the influence charge. Provided by Clermont County.
CALIFORNIA, OH (FOX19) -
The parents of a 16-year-old Amelia High School student are planning a funeral following a tragic accident on I-725 on Sunday evening.
Cincinnati Police say that 41-year-old Larry Molloy was traveling 80 mph in a 65 mph zone when he struck a guardrail on I-275 at Kellogg Road. The accident happened around 5:15 p.m.
Molloy, his son and a third minor survived. However, 16-year-old Damion Henderson was killed. Henderson was sitting in a backseat when he was ejected from the rear window. He sustained life threatening injuries at the scene. He was transported to Mercy Anderson Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Police said Henderson was not wearing his seat belt. Police also said speed, alcohol and failure to wear a seat belt appear to be factors in this crash.
Rear seat passenger Dylan Molloy and front seat passenger Daniel Hesslin were wearing their seatbelts. They were not injured.
Denise Amiot, Assistant Principal at Ameila High School says the loss of Henderson is a shock to everyone who knew him.
"[He was] just a regular, happy go lucky sophomore. He was very interested in being involved. He went to the basketball games more recently and high school dances," says Amiot. "He would come to my office pretty frequently because I would see him after school and in the morning and in the hall."
Amiot says grief counselors will be available at the school for any of Henderson's classmates. She says last year, the school lost another student in a car accident. It is a tragedy she says is always difficult for students to understand.
"We are never prepared for something like this. This is something that we don't typically think of. It reminds us that we have to take each day as it comes and be prepared for things. Enjoy the things that we have, be thankful everyday and as teachers remember that when those kids walk out that door to tell them to have a good evening, see you tomorrow, great them when they come in the morning. You know, we can only live each day as they come."
So far, no charges have been brought against Molloy. However, the crash is currently under investigation.