Police ID 3-year-old killed in 'horrific' crash on northern Kentucky highway

Dawson Elder was ejected from his mother's vehicle on I-275 in Taylor Mill (FOX19 NOW)
Dawson Elder was ejected from his mother's vehicle on I-275 in Taylor Mill (FOX19 NOW)

TAYLOR MILL, KY (FOX19) - Police have released the named of the young boy who was killed in a horrific crash on Interstate 275 Wednesday.

Three-year-old Dawson Elder and his mother, Megan Ritter, were inside a broken down vehicle when it was rear-ended by another car, according to Taylor Mill Police. Ritter's vehicle was stopped in the emergency lane on a stretch of interstate over the Licking River.

Dawson was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders called it an "absolutely horrific scene that no one can "un-see."

The striking vehicle was traveling in the right lane but left that lane due to stopped traffic, initial witnesses told police. That's when the driver hit Ritter's broken down vehicle.

Four unidentified people were taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The extent of their injuries is not known.

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Taylor Mill Police are seeking witnesses to the crash and ask them to come forward as soon as possible.

A GoFundMe is set up for Dawson's family.

The incident remains under investigation by Taylor Mill Police and Kenton County Accident Reconstruction Team, along with oversight and direction from the Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney.

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