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9-year-old girl killed, mother injured when car crashes into roadside produce stand in Lithopolis

Kim Horton was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the crash that killed a young girl and critically injured her mother.
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A 9-year-old girl was killed and her mother critically injured Thursday when a car crashed into a produce stand on the side of the road in Lithopolis.

It happened around noon in the 200 block of East Columbus Street between Brown Street and Cemetery Road.

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 67-year-old Kim Horton was driving a Honda Accord westbound on Lithopolis Road near Salem Church Road and drove off the right side of the road.

Horton came back onto the road and kept going westbound on East Columbus Street.

OSHP says Horton went off the road again after not being able to handle a curve, hitting the girl and her 38-year-old mother, who were operating a produce stand. Horton's car then came to a stop at a tree.

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OSHP has identified the girl who died as Ruth Jones.

Medics performed life-saving measures on Jones but were not successful and she died at the scene. Her mother was taken to a hospital.

Horton suffered minor injuries.

Lithopolis Police Department, Bloom Township Fire Department and the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office are investigating what led to the crash.

OSHP says impairment is believed to be a factor.

Horton was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide on Friday, and the Fairfield County Prosecutor's Office says more charges are to be expected in the coming weeks. 

Credit: Ohio State Highway Patrol

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