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Police: Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 11:13 PM
Updated: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 11 a.m. (March 5): 

Dayton police have arrested a woman in the fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash that killed 20-year-old Logan Grimes Jr. on South Smithville Road March 1. 

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The suspected driver turned herself into the Preble County Sheriff’s Office Saturday, shortly after Dayton police located the suspect vehicle in the City of Dayton, according to a release from a Dayton police spokeswoman. 

Stephanie D. Higgins, 41, is currently booked into the Montgomery County on suspicion of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident, according to jail records. The suspect vehicle recovered by Dayton police Saturday was registered to Higgins, according to a Dayton police report. 

Official charges will be presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, police said.  

UPDATE @ 8 p.m. (March 2): The father of 20-year-old Logan Grimes Jr. wants the person who killed his son in a hit-and-run incident on South Smithville Road brought to justice. 

"He should have never been taken from this world because he was the person that could have made it better," Logan Grimes Sr. told News Center 7's John Bedell on Friday afternoon. Logan Jr. "made it better every day." 

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Dayton police have asked the public for help in locating the suspect vehicle, believed to be a 2002 silver Chrysler Voyager minivan bearing license tag GNS 6346. The minivan likely will have damage to its front end and windshield. 

Logan Jr. died late Thursday night at Miami Valley Hospital, not long after Dayton police and a firefighter/medic crew found him on the ground in the 700 block of South Smithville Road just after 10 p.m. He was not moving and was suffering from what appeared to be a head injury. 

His family said he was returning from McDonald's, just a few blocks from his home, when he was struck about 9:45 p.m., according to the police investigation. 

"He was a gift send from God," Logan Sr. said. "That's the best way I can put it. He was what everybody should be in this world." 

Robert Stevens said he was waiting for his grandson to come in when he saw the report about the accident during the 11 p.m. newscast. He walked to the scene and there, he said, police told him what had happened. 

"It was unreal," Stevens said. "I was hoping it was just a fender-bender...then come to find out it was my grandson up there. It hurt a lot." 

The family wants answers for the death of their son and grandson who had his whole life ahead of him, his grandmother, Sharon Stevens, said. 

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"What did my grandson ever do to you? Did you know him?" she asked rhetorically. He had lived with her since he was 16, she said. 

“All he did was walk down to McDonald's, coming home and got killed," she said.

"Was you drunk?" Stevens continued to ask rhetorically. "Was you doing drugs? Didn't you even see that child walking? ... I just want to know why? Why did this happen? And turn yourself in."

If you have any information about the incident that would help in the investigation, you are asked to contact police Detective McDonald, 937-333-1141, or call Crime Stoppers, 937-222-7861 (callers can remain anonymous). 

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