Around 12:25 p.m., Charles Napier and his two grandchildren were killed while walking along Weaver road on Sunday, March 15.
The 49-year-old grandfather and Susan Elam were pulling two wagons behind them carrying three children, two of whom were 13 months old, when a Chevy Malibu veered off the road and struck the group. The infants were later identified as Sean and Samantha May. Ethan May, the third child, was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with minor injuries. Elam also suffered minor injuries during the accident.
Elam was the first to call 9-1-1 after the accident. Six more witnesses and people passing through the area also called 911 to report the incident.
Four people were in the Chevy Malibu driven by Jessica Hood, 22. Hood has been cooperating with authorities and her cellphone was confiscated in order to determine whether she was distracted at the time of the collision.
The community response to the accident has been strong. Florence community members raised over $5,000 in just 15 hours for the family of those killed. In the past three days, more than $11,000 has been raised to help the grieving family.
Accidents Abound On Weaver Road
Unfortunately, this accident was only one of many that have been reported on Weaver Road since 2009. An investigation by the Cincinnati Enquirer revealed that at least 200 crashes have been reported in the area. At least 33 accidents led to serious injuries and more than half of the 208 accidents reported occurred after 2011.
Residents are calling for sidewalks to be paved along the road. There are no sidewalks on the specific stretch of road where Napier and two innocent children lost their lives.
The attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy extend their deepest condolences to the May family during this difficult time.