Amelia student killed in crash

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

An Amelia High School student was killed in a car crash on Interstate 275 near Kellogg Avenue March 9.

According to Cincinnati Police, Damien Henderson, 16, a sophomore at Amelia High School was ejected from the rear window of a vehicle when it went out of control on the interstate.

Police said Larry Molloy, 41, was driving a Mercedes ML350 east on Interstate 275 when he lost control of the car.

Molloy struck the guardrail on the left side of the road and the car continued to rotate to the right lane.

Henderson was transported to Mercy Hospital Anderson were he died from his injuries.

The other passengers in the car including Daniel Hesslin, 17, who was in the front passenger seat and Dylan Molloy, 14, who was in the back seat, were not injured in the crash.

Larry Molloy, Dylan Molloy and Daniel Hesslin were all wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Damien Henderson was not wearing a seat belt.

Police said that speed, alcohol and failure to wear a seat belt appear to be factors in the crash.

According to Hamilton County Court records, Molloy had been charged with driving under the influence and for speeding before, including an OVI charge and endangering children charges in Hamilton County in 2007 and an OVI charge in Union Township, Clermont County in 2009

Amelia High School Principal Keith Hickman announced on Monday that the school would have counselors on site throughout the day following the crash.

“A young person’s death is always tragic, and a sudden loss like this can have a profound effect on fellow students,” Hickman wrote in a letter to parents and students on Monday. “It is important that we recognize this loss and offer to help our students.”

Hickman said he was able to speak with Henderson’s family and they requested he pass along funeral arrangements and any new information to staff, students and parents.

The Cincinnati Police Traffic Unit is continuing to investigate the crash, and any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact the police department at (513) 352-2514.