REILY TWP., Oh. (FOX19) - A 13-year-old boy died in a two-vehicle crash in Butler County Tuesday night, according to the sheriff’s office.
It happened in the 7500 block of Hamilton Scipio Road in Reily Township about 5:30 p.m., said Sgt. Kim Peters, spokeswoman for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
A silver 2005 Hyundai driven by the boy’s 18-year-old sister backed out of a residential driveway and was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound white GMC Sierra pickup truck, she said.
“I assumed she was pulling into my driveway and was backing out to go east again and the truck was coming from the west on Scipio up towards this way. She must not of seen it," a witness said.
Deputies investigating the scene say the driver failed to yield and the truck was not able to stop in time.
“It’s a busy road and people go way too fast for the conditions. So many cars going by here I would estimate they go between 60 or 70 miles per hour. The speed limit is 55. Nobody goes 55,” the witness said.
The boy, Riley Rogers, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
Southwest Local School District confirms Rogers was an 8th grader at Harrison Junior High School.
“This is a difficult time for our students and staff,” Harrison Junior School Principal Christian Tracy wrote in a letter emailed to parents Wednesday afternoon. “We will have counselors available throughout the week for our students as they go through this time of grief.”
The director of communication for Southwest Local Schools says counselors will be at the school throughout the week.
His sister, Madison Rogers, was taken by ambulance to McCullough Hyde Hospital in Oxford with non-life threatening injuries, Peters said.
A preliminary investigation has determined the 18-year-old failed to yield to the pickup truck in a 55 mph zone, Peters said.
The driver of the truck was not hurt, she added.
The school says they have been in contact with the family, and depending on what the family wants, they may plan some type of memorial at the school.
The accident remains under investigation.
“This is tragic, our hearts go out to the Rogers family that has suffered a great loss,” Sheriff Richard Jones said.