Police ID three young children, parents killed in northern Kentucky crash

Police ID three young children, parents killed in northern Kentucky crash
The crash 4:30 p.m. in the 11000 block of Straffordsburg Road. (FOX19 Now)
Accident reconstruction crews worked late into the evening investigating the crash (FOX19 Now)
Accident reconstruction crews worked late into the evening investigating the crash (FOX19 Now)

INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - Three children and two adults died in a head-on crash in northern Kentucky Thursday, according to the Kenton County Coroner.

The Kenton County Police Department identified the victims Friday morning. All of the deceased were in one vehicle.

Killed in the crash:

Rodney Pollitt, Jr., 26 of Independence

Samantha Malohn, 27, of Dry Ridge

Hailie Ann Pollitt, 9, of Dry Ridge

Brenden Pollitt, 8, of Dry Ridge

Cailie Pollitt, 6, of Dry Ridge

The two-car collision happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 11000 block of Staffordsburg Road. Kenton County Police said Daniel Greis, 57, went left of center, striking the Honda Accord driven by Rodney Pollitt, Jr.

Greis was flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for his injuries.

"In 29 years of police work, you do see serious accidents," said Kenton County Police Chief Spike Jones. "This would certainly be one of them."

Investigators shut down Staffordsburg Road, State Highway 536, for several hours Thursday night. The two lane road is heavily traveled as a connector between Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, Jones said.

The children attended Grant County Schools, according to a district official. Below are excerpts from a letter the district sent out Friday:

Today we send one of the saddest letters we, as school officials are required to write.

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