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13-year-old driver killed in Ohio crash identified

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) - The Shelby County Department of Job and Family Service said Friday the teen who was killed in a Clark County crash Thursday night was a foster child.

In a release Friday, the county department identified the teen as 13-year-old Sky Lhamon, who was in permanently in the custody of service.

According to the release, the Ohio State Highway Patrol notified the agency Lhamon had taken her foster mother's van and left.

Lhamon was driving the minivan in Thursday night's fatal crash, according to OSHP.

Lhamon was alone in the minivan when she crossed the centerline into the path of an oncoming semi-truck, troopers say.

The semi tried to avoid the crash but was unable to do so, striking the minivan head-on.

Lhamon died at the scene.

County officials said they wish to express their deepest sympathies. Officials also said, "Additionally, the foster parent has suffered a loss in the death of someone who became a family member.  We also wish to express our concern for the driver of the other vehicle as he attempts to deal with this situation."

The statement continued:

"This situation has also impacted our Children Services staff.  Over the years they have developed an ongoing relationship with Sky.  Supervisors and casework staff receive extensive initial and ongoing training on the issues that involve children whether in their homes or in other placements.  They, along with other professionals did their best to assist and support Sky as she tried to work through her issues."

The call came in around 9 p.m. Thursday of a serious, multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 235 and 41.

The intersection was closed for several hours while OSHP investigated the crash.

Troopers have not released any information about the driver of the semi or whether that driver was injured.

The crash is still under investigation.

Details have not yet been finalized concerning services for Lhamon.


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