Victims in deadly Trotwood crash identified

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TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the three victims in Wednesday night’s deadly crash in Trotwood.

Authorities say that around 9:40 p.m. on July 15, a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a 19-year-old Dayton man was headed southbound on Olive Road and failed to yield for a red light at the intersection of Little Richmond Road. The Cruze struck an eastbound 2007 Mazda CX-9 driven by 35-year-old Leah Smith, of Dayton. Both vehicles were significantly damaged and traveled off the roadway.

Leah Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. A 3-year-old passenger in the Mazda was found in a child safety seat and was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital with a suspected minor injury.

The driver of the Cruze was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with suspected serious injury. The Cruze had two additional passengers that were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as Elgin Wilson IV, 18, of Dayton, and Michael Stephens, 18, of Trotwood.

Alcohol and drugs were not found to be factors in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Trotwood Fire/EMS, Trotwood Police, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, educators with Trotwood-Madison School District said at least two of the victims were former students, and the loss was heartbreaking.

“Their families did an excellent job of raising these young men because they were good students, good citizens, just good people overall,” said Trotwood-Madison High School Principal, Michael McCray.

McCray said this is the latest hardship the Trotwood community will have to recover from, and they will support the families, friends, and loved ones as best they can.

“I already spoke to the Superintendent and we already talked about reaching out to our crisis team and trying to get them back in as soon as possible to be a support for our students if they need it,” said McCray.

Support also rolled in online for the district and high school football team as one of the victims appeared to be a former player. Frank Russo, the district’s athletic director, said the young man was a leader both on the field and in the classroom.

“There’s no question, the success of our program, a lot of that was attributed to his leadership and the positive impact he had on everyone from the players to the coaches,” said Russo.

2 NEWS is continuing to follow this story and will update as more information becomes available.

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