INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - Tina Morgan found the emotional courage to speak with Fox 19 Now about a horrific accident that took the life of her daughter and grandchildren this week.
"I want to let everyone know that we are grateful that they are together. Eternally together and that's how they would want it," she said, standing outside her Dry Ridge home Friday.
A family of five was killed driving to visit a relative Thursday evening in northern Kentucky. An oncoming vehicle crossed the center lane and hit their car head-on in the 11000 block of Staffordsburg Road in Independence.
Rodney Pollitt, Jr., 26, and Samantha Malohn, 27, had been together for 11 years and had three children together -- ages 9, 8 and 6.
A police officer knocked on the door of Samantha Malohn's father in the middle of the night after the crash. Ken Cooper said he knew it wasn't good when the officer asked him to take a seat in his Grant County home. The cop had come to deliver horrible news.
Cooper said his daughter was a stay-at-home mother who cared for her oldest daughter, 9-year-old Hailie Ann, who had Down Syndrome.
"You couldn't find a more devoted mother and father like they were," said Tina Morgan.
Rodney Pollitt worked as a bus driver for Kidz Club, a daycare in Erlanger.
Cooper said he was close with his grandchildren. The whole family lived on the same street in Dry Ridge. Cooper said he is still in shock absorbing the tragic news.
"Thank you for all the prayers and condolences everyone is sending. The family does appreciate it," Morgan said while weeping in front of her home.
Brenden Pollitt, 8, Cailie Pollitt, 6, attended Sherman Elementary School. Their older sister, Hailie Ann Pollitt, 9, was a student at Dry Ridge Elementary.
"This is a difficult subject for us to share with such young students, but one we cannot avoid. Therefore, this information was shared with all students today at Sherman Elementary," read a letter Grant County School officials sent home to parents.
Grief counselors have been sent to the schools.
The driver of the second vehicle, Daniel Greis, 57, was airlifted from the crash scene to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to Kenton County police. His condition is not known.
Police have not commented why Greis traveled out of his lane. They also haven't said anything about seat belts.
Investigators remained at the scene for hours trying to piece together what exactly happened. On Friday, accident reconstruction teams used drones to gain an aerial view of the wreck.
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