6-year-old fatally struck identified; 2 women under arrest, police say

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 2:27 PM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - One of two children struck in Hamilton Tuesday night has died, and now two women are under arrest, police say.

The Butler County Coroner identified the boy as 6-year-old Nolen Scott Jones, who succumbed to his injuries before reaching the hospital, according to Sgt. Richard Burkhardt.

Burkhardt says Nolen was a kindergartner at Linden Elementary.

Logan Watson, 11, was injured and remains hospitalized with “incapacitating injuries” Wednesday morning, according to Hamilton police.

The crash was reported about 7 p.m. on Pleasant Avenue near Symmes Avenue in the Lindenwald neighborhood.

Children struck by cars in Hamilton
Children struck by cars in Hamilton

Hamilton police say their initial investigation revealed that both boys were crossing the street outside of the crosswalk when they were struck by a car driven by Elizabeth Ann Marie Mehl, 30.

Mehl was not cited at the scene in connection with the crash, police say, but she was booked into the Butler County Jail just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, possession of controlled substances, and child endangering, jail records show.

Mehl could be charged in connection with the crash after her tests come back, Burkhardt said.

Mehl had two children in her vehicle during the accident she was in while she was under the influence of an unknown narcotic, police wrote in her arrest report.

Police removed the children from her car and “in plain view a small baggie was seen with multiple pills inside the bag,” they wrote. “The baggie was stuffed in the crack of the passenger seat where one of the juveniles had been sitting. (Mehl) advised officers at police (headquarters) that the pills were percocets. The pills have been sent off to BCI for testing.”

Police also wrote that they noticed Mehl had bloodshot eyes and “raspy speech.”.

Hamilton police say a woman at the scene, Hortencia Renessa Garcia, 26, is under arrest on a charge of tampering with evidence.

The arrest report states that Garcia witnessed the crash, pulled over, and said she realized she knew the driver of the vehicle (Mehl).

Mehl told Garcia to go grab her money out of her car and officers reported that they found a wad of money and a pink sparkled coin purse inside her bra when they searched Garcia.

The arrest report says there was a folded dollar bill with white powder residue in the coin purse, two small baggies with white powder residue and two straws with white powder residue.

Garcia told police she was not aware of what was inside the coin purse.

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