NEW DETAILS: Man accused of driving drunk, causing crash that killed newborn

Samuel V. Lawson | Photo courtesy of the Montgomery County Jail

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Samuel V. Lawson | Photo courtesy of the Montgomery County Jail

A Dayton man is accused of several charges including aggravated vehicular homicide connected to a crash that caused the death of a 5-week-old girl and injured two children and five adults including himself in Sugarcreek Twp. in 2021.

Samuel V. Lawson, 31, was indicted in late January on 18 charges, including three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, four counts of aggravated vehicular assault, eight counts of vehicular assault, two counts of OVI and one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, according to court records.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a crash report that around 9 p.m. May 23, 2021, Lawson was driving a 2015 Ford Edge northbound on Interstate 675 in Sugarcreek Twp. when he crashed into the back of a 2021 Honda Odyssey stopped in a construction zone due to traffic.

Prosecutors alleged that Lawson was traveling at around 100 mph at the time of the crash, and blood testing later found his blood alcohol content was over four times the legal limit for driving.

The impact shoved the Odyssey into the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage in front of it before the Honda went off the left side of the road into the median. The Edge and Mirage both spun, colliding as they came to a stop, facing the wrong way, according to the crash report.

The 5-week-old was flown via CareFlight to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she died days later, the report said.

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Two people suffered suspected serious injuries, including a 10-year-old girl, and five people were taken to hospitals with suspected minor injuries, including Lawson and a 7-year-old boy, according to the crash report.

Lawson plead not guilty to the charges, and remains in custody at the Greene County Jail.

His next court appearance is a bail hearing on Friday, Feb. 11.

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