2 children, 2 adults killed in fiery Christmas Day crash in Dayton identified

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Four people, including two children, are dead after a Christmas Day crash in Dayton. Dayton police said three people were pronounced dead on the scene and one died after being transported to the hospital.

5-year-old Mae’lah Jones, 10-year-old Tae’Kwaun Jones , 28-year-old Quaishia M. D. Jones, and 49-year-old Renee D. Jones Blevins were all killed in the crash, Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said Thursday.

According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, the crash just before 11:00 AM on Abbey Avenue just north of US-35. The car involved was a Dodge Avenger, Dayton Police Lt. James Mullins said Thursday.

A total of eight people were in the car at the time of the crash. The ages of eight people involved are: 49, 27, 12, 10, 5, 5, 2, and 1 years old. Lt. Mullins said that it appears everyone in the car was related.

Four people remain hospitalized in in critical condition.

According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, it happened just before 11:00 AM on Abbey Avenue just north of US-35. One of the cars caught fire.

A 911 caller told dispatchers she saw a vehicle zig-zagging down the street before coming to a crashing stop.

“This car is on fire. It’s split into two. It just hit a tree. They need help right now. Somebody just helped somebody out of the car. These people need help,” the caller said.

Lt. Mullins said that the car was traveling at a high rate of speed, possibly as high as 70 mph in the 35 mph zone. One person was trapped and had to be extricated from a vehicle.

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