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Police: Drugs/Alcohol Likely Involved in Fatal Orient Crash
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Police believe alcohol or drugs were likely a factor in a crash that killed three people, including a nine-year-old boy.
Beacon Elementary School fourth grade student Elijah Love was killed when the Honda Accord in which he was riding was struck by another vehicle on US-62 in Orient on September 7.
Four of the boy's family members were also traveling in the Accord, and are receiving treatment at central Ohio hospitals.
"They're mending up physically, and obviously starting up the process of mending up emotionally. They got a little way to go," said Old Potter's House Church of God Pastor Tim Oldfield, who has visited the Love family in the days following the accident.
Two passengers from the car that struck the Loves' Accord -- Sammy Stamper Sr. and his son, Sammy Jr. -- were also killed in the crash.
The driver of that car, Melissa Robins, is being treated at Grant Medical Center, where she is listed in serious condition.
No charges have been filed in connection with the crash, but investigators believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
Beacon Elementary administrators are providing counselors to assist students, employees, and community members affected by Elijah Love's death.
Old Potter's House members will provide support to the Hunt family as they deal with the aftermath of the tragedy, according to Oldfield.
"We have several prayer networks within the church, and they're all praying, asking God to give the family peace and strengthen them and let healing come through," he said.
Click here to read Beacon Elementary's full statement on the death of Elijah Love.