Driver that caused Independence collision to be charged with murder

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Oncoming driver in Independence collision charged with murder

UPDATE 10:30 am, Thursday:

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney announced Daniel Greis, 57, has been charged with wanton murder. He had been drinking while at a golf outing and was returning to his home in Independence.

Greis is still hospitalized under 24-hour guard, says Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders.

Sanders confirmed all that has been posted by NKY News last week. For example, the speed limit at the scene of the collison is 55 mph. That Greis crossed the double line to overtake another vehicle on the road, even though it's in a no-passing zone.

UPDATE 6:38 am, Thursday:

The driver involved in a crash that killed a Northern Kentucky family is in custody and the prosecutor is expected to announce murder charges Thursday morning.

Daniel Greis, 57, was taken into police custody on Wednesday – the same day as visitation services were held for the parents and three children who died in the Oct. 26 collision.

The announcement is expected to made at 10:30 am, Thursday.

UPDATE 7:08 am, Sunday:

Visitation for the Pollitt family is November 1 at Cooper Funeral, Alexandria, from 2 pm. until 8 pm. Services for the family will be the next day, November 2 beginning at 12 p.m.

UPDATE 6:40 am, Sunday:

Samantha Malohn was a stay-at-home mother who cared for her oldest daughter, 9-year-old Hailie Ann, who had Down Syndrome.

Rodney Pollitt worked as a bus driver for Kidz Club, a daycare in Erlanger.

UPDATE 8:32 am, Saturday:

The children attended Sherman Elementary School in Dry Ridge.

“This is a difficult subject for us to share with such young students, but one we cannot avoid. Therefore, this information was shared with all students today at Sherman Elementary,” read a letter Grant County School officials sent home to parents, notes Raycom Media.

Rodney Pollitt worked as a bus driver for Kidz Club, a daycare in Erlanger.

UPDATE 7:02 am, Saturday:

The family is asking for donations to help cover funeral costs: GoFundMe.

Samantha Malohn's grandmother wrote at the page: "This is my beautiful granddaughter Samantha.

"Her life was taken suddenly along with her 3 beautiful children Hailey, Brenden, Cailie and fiance, Rodney.

"This tragic accident has effected the family deeply and financially. We would love to give them a beautiful send off. Any help would be greatly appreciated."

UPDATE 6:22 pm:

Flatten the hump on Staffordsburg Road? Some day, but according to plans to make KY 536 safer and wider, this portion of the state road is yet to be funded.

UPDATE 12:30 pm:

Police believe Daniel Greis was driving westbound on Staffordsburg Road when he crossed the center line, colliding with the car driven by Rodney Pollitt, Jr.

A reader post at NKY News said an eyewitness allegedly saw Greis trying to drive around a vehicle in a no-passing zone. The speed limit in that section of the road is 55 mph.

The eyewitness was said to be first on scene following the collision.

UPDATE 11 am: Killed in the crash in Independence:

  • Rodney Pollitt, Jr., 26, Independence/Dry Ridge
  • Samantha Malohn, 27,
    Dry Ridge
  • Hailie Ann Pollitt, 9,
    Dry Ridge
  • Brenden Pollitt, 8,
    Dry Ridge
  • Cailie Pollitt, 6,
    Dry Ridge.

    UPDATE 10:02 am: Some of the people killed in the collision are said to be from Grant County. The children were enrolled at Grant County Schools. They have yet to be identified.

    UPDATE 6:58 am: Three children, two adults killed.
    Three children and two adults died in a head-on crash in Thursday afternoon's crash in Independence, according to the Kenton County Coroner.

    The victims have not been identified and their relationship to each other is unknown.

    A nearby resident noted to NKY News/Kenton County News that it's difficult for vehicles to see oncoming traffic because of a hump in the road at that section of Staffordsburg Road.

    "My house is on the other side of that white truck (in the photo)," wrote Dave Lauer. "Cars pass over a knoll and they can't see the other side."

    Another area resident thinks the speed limit needs to be lowered.

    Posting at NKY News/Boone County News, Gayle Scalf wrote: "And they just added two streets for a new subdivision, right there. The speed limit is too fast."

    Speeds vary on the road but at the scene of the collision, the speed limit is 55 mph.

    Reader Amy Thacker wants action. She says the traffic light or stop sign is needed.

    "Something needs to be done. Stop light or stop signs, especially when the subdivision is completed," she wrote.

    PREVIOUS UPDATE: Sinclair Media says one of the six has died.

    Six people have been injured in a collision in Northern Kentucky.

    Two vehicles collided this afternoon on a road in Independence, one flipped on the roadside.

    Medical helicopters were called to the scene because of the severity of injuries. At least one person has been flown to an unnamed hospital.

    The crash happened around 5 p.m. in the 11700 block of Staffordsburg Road.
    Link for more information at WLWT >