Toddler injured in Thanksgiving Day crash on Route 4 dies

UPDATE 12/01 @ 3:40 p.m.:

The child who was involved in the Thanksgiving Day rear-end crash on state Route 4 has died.

The family of the child as well as troopers from the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed that the child passed away around 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

UPDATE 11/29/19 @ 9:56 a.m.:

Four people were taken to the hospital in the Thanksgiving Day rear-end crash on state Route 4 including an 18-month-old-girl, according to Springfield Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Kile Cooper, 22, of Dayton, was in the vehicle with the 18-month-old and a woman, Ciera Jones, 29, of Dayton, at the time of the crash.

Cooper was taken to Springfield Medical Center with minor injuries and the child was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital by CareFlight.

Troopers declined to release the name of the 18-month-old-girl.

Two people who were in another vehicle involved in the crash were taken to Soin Medical Center.

The condition of the victims is currently unknown and we are working to learn more.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: An 18-month-old girl was seriously hurt in a Thanksgiving Day rear-end crash on state Route 4 North in Clark County.

The toddler was in back seat of a PT Cruiser that had a blown tire when it was hit from behind shortly before 11:45 a.m. by an SUV near the Lower Valley Pike intersection.

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“Both vehicles were traveling toward Springfield,” Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The PT Cruiser was in the right lane, traveling slower than other traffic, but the speed of both cars in the crash is under investigation, he said.

The toddler was flown by CareFlight to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where her condition is unknown.

Initial reports indicated as many as five cars could have been involved in the crash, but troopers determined it only involved two vehicles.

The child was properly belted in her car seat when the accident occurred, patrol Sgt. Meddock said. The car seat was properly fastened in the back seat, facing forward. The mother had taken the child out of the car seat herself after the accident, the sergeant said.


A multiple-vehicle has been reported on state Route 4 north near Lower Valley Pike in Clark County.

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Initial reports indicate that CareFlight has been requested.

We have a crew responding and are working to learn more about any injuries.

We will update this story as more information is available.

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