COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police have released the name of the driver in the South Linden crash that left a seven-year-old girl dead.
Police say Edward Robinson was the driving the car. The crash happened Saturday along Cleveland Avenue near 12th Avenue.
Lillie Reed’s family and those close to the little girl created a memorial in her honor with balloons, stuffed animals and flowers.
“She had a smile that could make you smile. Her laugh made you laugh,” said Lillie’s mother Veronica Reed.
Columbus police are continuing to piece together evidence to determine what caused the young girl to lose her life. Four of Lillie’s siblings suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“Generally when we have injuries involving children and we have a suspected impaired driver we are always looking a little more closely how those children were restrained,” said Sergeant Brooke Wilson, with the Division’s Accident Investigation Unit.
Wilson says detectives are not sure whether all five children in the vehicle were wearing a seatbelt.
“We do believe speed was a factor in this crash. We also have evidence that the driver was impaired,” said Wilson.
Investigators say video captured from a police crime camera shows Robinson heading South on Cleveland Ave at a high rate of speed. The SUV veered right in an attempt to not hit another vehicle, but ended up striking a utility pole and then a car that was stopped.
Wilson says one of the children was partially ejected from the truck.
All five children were taken To Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Lillie, the second oldest of the family, did not survive.
“We always want to make sure that our children are buckled up. That they are always strapped in,” says Wilson.
Police say lab results are pending on Robinson’s blood alcohol content. No arrests have been made.