RIVERSIDE — More than five months after a 4-week-old girl died from injuries sustained in a crash on I-675 in Sugarcreek Twp., the baby’s parents want to know why the driver, who Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers say was drunk at the time of the crash, has not been charged.
Dylan and Kristen White told the I-Team that their wedding anniversary, May 23, will never be the same.
Kristen White said on May 23, 2021, she and Dylan had went out to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary.
“It was the first time since we got married that we were able to go out, just us two, without the kids,” Kristen White said.
After their night out, they went to pick up their children from their parents’ house in Kettering. Their lives changed when they headed back to their Riverside home.
“30 seconds down the highway, I mean, our lives were completely turned upside down,” Kristen White said.
Dylan White said he was behind the wheel when they can to a complete stop on I-675 in a construction zone when the family’s van was hit. The impact sent their van into a third car.
Dylan White and three of the couple’s children were transported to the hospital from the scene. 10-year-old Emma and 4-week-old Faye were flown to Dayton Children’s Hospital.
Emma suffered a list of traumatic injuries that her parents said she would never fully recover from.
Doctors could not save Faye; she died four days later after suffering critical injuries in the crash.
Dylan and Kristen remembered Faye as the sweetest, calmest and happiest baby.
“She was just nosey. Since the day the day she was born, every time I talk to her, she was just looking around the room, trying to figure out what was going on,” Dylan White said, noting that she always wanted to be around others.
“She was the best,” Kristen White said.
In the middle of their grief, the White’s said they are dealing with “complete anger” because, as of now, no criminal charges have been filed in connection with the wreck.
According to the crash report pulled from the a state database online, troopers reported that the driver who hit the White’s van had a blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit.
Troopers told the I-Team that charges have not been filed, but they said they were still working to gather some documents. Once that is done, troopers said they do plan on asking the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office to review criminal charges.
After the White’s reached out to the I-Team earlier this week, our team wrote an update on our website with new details from the crash report, as well as the update from troopers. Less than 24 hours after WHIO published that update, the family said a lieutenant with OSHP called them with the same update given to News Center 7, but the also gave another message.
“One of the things I think he wanted to let us know [was that] they haven’t forgotten about us and our situation,” Dylan White said. “So we appreciated that.”
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