13-year-old boy killed in Perry Twp. crash identified

A driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash in on Old Dayton Road near Diamond Mill Road Oct. 14, 2020, in Perry Twp. JIM NOELKER/STAFF
A driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash in on Old Dayton Road near Diamond Mill Road Oct. 14, 2020, in Perry Twp. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

Credit: Jim Noelker

Credit: Jim Noelker

A 13-year-old boy died after a vehicle crashed into a pole Wednesday afternoon and ended up in a cornfield on Old Dayton Road in Perry Twp.

The boy was identified as Caden Melton of West Alexandria by Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger.

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His cause and manner of death have not been determined at this time.

The crash was reported around 3 p.m. on Old Dayton Road near Diamond Mill Road after a man told 911 dispatchers that he crashed into a pole and that his son was bleeding.

“I hit a pole coming over the hill,” the caller said. “There was a car in the other lane and I swerved and missed it. I hit a pole and guardrail and landed in the cornfield.”

The boy was thrown from the vehicle during the crash, Perry Twp. police public information officer Brian Douglas said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Two other people suffered minor injuries, but were not taken to the hospital, Douglas said.

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