CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Brown County Corner Dr. Tim McKinley ruled a fatal crash that killed three family members on Nov. 28, 2018 in Brown County as a suicide-double homicide.
The family members were found in a blue, 2009 Ford Escape that drove off the right side of Bethel-New Hope Road and hit a tree.
The driver, Nicholas P. Moler, 33, of Bethel, was killed along with Robert C. Moler, 83, and Cameron Moler, 10, who were both passengers in the back seat of the Escape.
Neighbors told FOX19 NOW that Nicholas was Robert Moler’s grandson and Cameron was his great-grandson.
Robert Moler taught at Bethel-Tate schools for “some time," school officials said.
According to police, interviews with family members and friends revealed the driver took actions in the 24 hours prior to the crash that were not part of his normal routine.
An analyzation by troopers from the Wilmington District Crash Reconstruction Unit showed the vehicle reached a speed of 80 MPH as it was leaving the roadway.
“After leaving the roadway, the driver inputted only a slight steering correction, failed to depress the brake, and maintained a 100 percent acceleration input. After being off the roadway for approximately 106 feet, the driver intentionally ran the vehicle into a large tree which was 7 feet off the roadway,” the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a release.
Toxicology test results revealed the driver tested positive for cannabinoids.