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One child dead, another in the hospital after Hamilton crash Tuesday evening

Police identify boy killed Tuesday; driver charged with OVI
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Posted at 9:05 AM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 13:36:24-04

HAMILTON, Ohio — One child is dead and another is in the hospital after both were hit by a car in Hamilton Tuesday evening.

Officers with the Hamilton Police Department were called to the scene of a crash near the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road Wednesday around 6:45 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found a 6-year-old boy had been hit by a car and died from his injuries. The Butler County Coroner later identified the boy as Nolen Jones.

Officers also found an 11-year-old boy who was struck. First responders transported him the hospital with what police called "incapacitating injuries."

The driver, 30-year-old Elizabeth Mehl, was on scene and was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She is being held in the Butler County Jail.

Another woman, 26-year-old Hortencia Renessa Garcia, was also arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. According to the police arrest report, Garcia took a dollar bill, two small baggies and straws with "white powder residue" from inside Mehl's purse and attempted to hide the items from officers.

The crash is still under investigation, and more details will be released on this incident at a later time, according to police.