Driver indicted in crash that killed 3 in September

Woman, 32, was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, authorities say.
TNS Regional News
Mar 16, 2014


The driver of a Pontiac Vibe that crashed head-on into a car in southwestern Franklin County on Sept. 7 was indicted today in connection with the deaths of three people.

Melissa Ann Robins, 32, of 5745 Hazel Wood Court in Orient, faces 16 counts, including six of aggravated vehicular homicide and two of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The crash occurred on Rt. 62 near Harrisburg about 11:20 p.m. At the time, sheriff’s investigators said Robins’ car drifted across the center line into oncoming traffic and struck a car carrying a family of five from Hilliard.

The parents, Amanda and James Love, and two of their children were injured. Their 9-year-old son, Elijah, died at Nationwide Children’s Hospital shortly after the crash.

Two passengers in Robins’ car died at the scene: Sammy F. Stamper Sr., 55, of South Bloomfield, and his son, Samuel Scott Stamper, 29, of Orient.

The indictment also charges Robins with four counts of vehicular assault and four counts of aggravated vehicular assault, according to a release from Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.

The release said Robins' blood-alcohol content was 0.104 percent at the time of the crash. In Ohio, it is illegal to drive at 0.08 percent or above.

The crash occurred just north of the Franklin-Pickaway county line.


By Kathy Lynn Gray - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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How come so many have to die, and people still don't understand if you drink and drive you are a lethal weapon just waiting to go off?