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Brother of man killed on I-275 says he used "tough love" toward addict brother

Mike Gilliam (Photo: Steve Gilliam) Mike Gilliam (Photo: Steve Gilliam)
Michael Gilliam, of Cincinnati, Amanda Thomas, of Bethel, Billy Jones, of Bethel, and a 7-month-old boy were in the vehicle when the driver lost control flipped in the eastern lanes near the Ohio border. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Woeste) Michael Gilliam, of Cincinnati, Amanda Thomas, of Bethel, Billy Jones, of Bethel, and a 7-month-old boy were in the vehicle when the driver lost control flipped in the eastern lanes near the Ohio border. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Woeste)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Mike Gilliam died in the accident that happened on eastbound Interstate 275 Monday during rush-hour.

Mike’s brother, Steve Gilliam, remembered his brother who he says had his problems.

"Mike was a good man,” said Steve. “The addict as anyone knows is a different person. It's not the person that you know or you grew up and loved."

[Related: Man killed in I-275 crash identified]

Steve is dealing with the loss of his only brother, and says he has one question about that accident.

"Who was actually driving?,” Steve asked.

That’s exactly what Fort Thomas Police is trying to figure out. They are looking at video they say is of the crash to figure out who was driving.

Mike was a father of two and according to his brother had fallen on hard times.

Drugs created a divide between the two.

"Me and my brother hadn't got a long for a while because he's been on heroin in the past and He had to go 5 years clean before I let him back on my property,” Steve said.

Steve called it tough love, and says Mike was trying to clean himself up and get his life back together.

He says he saw him two hours before the accident happened to give him money to fix up a car.

"Whenever I gave him the money, he didn't look like he was 'jonesing' or withdrawing from anything, and he didn't look like he was high on anything,” Steve said.

Now, Steve says in hindsight he wonders if he could have done more.

"You have to give hard love sometimes, and sometimes it hurts because you lose your crapshoot there," Steve said.

Two victims in that crash are still in the hospital and one man has been released.

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