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'Would give the shirt off his back to anybody': Loved ones remember two fathers killed in crash

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Posted at 6:59 AM, Sep 04, 2023

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio — Loved ones are mourning the loss of two fathers killed after a crash in Franklin Township, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) said in a press release.

Troopers said 35-year-old Donald Young was traveling west on State Route 756 at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost control, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole near Bolender Road. The car hit a tree and a fence after overturning.

Young was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clermont County Coroner's Office, OSHP said. A passenger, 47-year-old Bobby Long, was also pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner's office, investigators said.

"My dad has been my best friend my whole life," Long's daughter Alisha said. "I could tell him anything in this world and he would be right there."

Alisha had just told her father she was getting married.

"He was so excited," she said. "Now he doesn't get to be a part of it."

One of Young's best friends told us he also lived for his kids.

"He worked hard," Chris Hull said of Young. "He had a rough life growing up, and he just now was able to turn his life around, telling me how proud he was of himself."

Hull said Young would have given anything for anyone else.

"Donnie was a man that would have (taken) on the whole world if we went to war today," Hull said. "He saved my life before. I went down the wrong road and Donnie came to me, came my wife and I turned my life around."

Both fathers shared children with the same woman. Hull said they worked hard to parent together.

"They became a team and raised these kids together," he said.

Now, their families are focused on their memories and the legacies they leave behind.

"He was a good person, would give the shirt off his back to anybody for anything," Long said about her dad. "You could call him at one o'clock in the morning and he'd be there. Didn't matter what it was, who it was. If you needed him, he was there."

Investigators have not said if they know what caused the crash.

Both families are raising money to cover funeral costs. You can donate to Long's family here and Young's family here.

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