9-year-old girl killed in Butler County crash identified, four others injured

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 4:44 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 4:47 AM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A 9-year-old girl is dead and four others were hurt in a Butler County crash overnight, sheriff’s officials say.

A 2008 Dodge minivan headed westbound on West Taylor Road failed to stop at a stop sign at the Eaton Road intersection in St. Clair Township about 9:45 p.m. Monday, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The van was struck on the passenger side by a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling southbound on Eaton Road.

Two juveniles in the minivan were ejected from the van and thrown into a field, said Sgt. Jeff Schuster.

The Butler County Coroner says 9-year-old Kylee Michelle Meiners died at the scene.

A 14-year-old with severe injuries was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Bonne Geckler says she was at her home when she heard a loud noise outside. She called 911, then: “We came out the door, and all we heard is people screaming. And it was so bad, when I heard the screaming, I started crying.”

Meiners was a student at Bridgeport Elementary.

“It has been weighing on me all day,” Geckler said of seeing the 9-year-old pass away. “It was a nightmare.”

Geckler says she stood out with the family and said prayers, a “heart-wrenching” and “traumatic” experience.

Three others were hurt: the 56-year-old driver of the minivan and another juvenile passenger in that van, 15. They were taken by ambulance to Fort Hamilton Hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck declined treatment at the scene but self-transported to Fort Hamilton Hospital for evaluation of minor, visible injuries.

The Butler County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash, Sgt. Schuster said.

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