Damion Henderson: 16-year-old killed in wreck on EB I-275 near Kellogg Avenue

Police: Speed, alcohol were factors

AMELIA, Ohio – Michael Henderson's teenage son is dead, and the grieving father blames the adult driver with two previous drunk driving convictions.

"My 16-year-old son died at the hands of someone that was speeding and drinking," a shaken Henderson told WCPO Monday.

Damion Henderson was a sophomore at Amelia High School and played on the basketball team.

"He was a loveable kid. Almost straight A's in school. Everybody loved him," his father said.

"He should never have died like this."

Police weren't ready to file charges, but they did say speed, alcohol and a failure to wear a seat belt were factors in the deadly wreck Sunday afternoon.

Larry Molloy, 41, was behind the wheel, police said.

Molloy was driving home from GameWorks with three teens -- his 14-year-old son Dylan, a 17-year-old and Damion.

The elder Malloy lost control of his Mercedes-Benz SUV on eastbound Interstate 275 near Kellogg Avenue, police said.

The vehicle struck a guardrail and hit a wall.

Damion, sitting in the rear seat, was ejected through the rear window, according to Sgt. Rodney Carter of the Cincinnati traffic unit. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The Cincinnati police traffic squad commander,  Lt. Bruce Hoffbauer, said there was alcohol in the SUV, which was traveling at an unreasonable speed for the conditions.

He didn't elaborate.

In 2007, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper cited Molloy with OVI in Hamilton County while his two children were in the vehicle. Malloy's blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit of .08.

Malloy also was charged with child endangerment and was put on probation, according to court documents.

In 2009, Molloy was cited again on the same charge in Union Township. He "refused the breathalyzer because he knew he would test positive," officials said.

Malloy's license was suspended in both cases but later reinstated.

The investigation into Sunday's wreck is ongoing.

The others in the SUV wore seat belts and were not hurt, police said.

Carter said he hopes people take this as a warning.

"Wear your seat belts - back seats, front seats, anything, for that matter, when you're in a vehicle," Carter said. "Anything can happen when it comes down to an automobile crash and wearing a seat belt at least you're giving yourself a fighting chance."

Damion got up every morning by himself at 4:30 a.m. to go the school. His dream was to get a college scholarship and play in the pros, his father said.

"My son loved sports. He wanted to be an NFL football player," Michael Henderson said.

Damion had spent the weekend with the Malloys because he was friends with Dylan Malloy, his mother Kim said.

The wreck occurred around 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Damion's parents said he called them about an hour before that.

Kim Henderson said his last words to her were: "I love you, Mommy."

"He said he was on his way home," Michael Henderson said.  "He would call when we could pick him up at that guy's house.  I just can't -- there's no reason for this."

A person at Malloy's house said Malloy wasn't there to comment.

WCPO reporters Shannon Kettler and Amy Wadas contributed to this report.

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