Brian Morris, front left, and Mark King with Tori, Hailie and Logan Barhorst.
|Published: 9:35 AM, 03/11/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Springboro, Ohio, resident Brian Morris
didn't know the Barhorst family, but after trag¬≠edy struck just
before Christmas, he was com¬≠pelled to find a way to help them.
On Dec. 23, Scott, 37, and Michele
Barhorst, 31, were killed in a horrific crash while traveling from
their home in Madisonville to see family in St. Mary's, Ohio, for
Christmas. Their four children, Tori (8), Hailie (9), Logan (11) and
Tyler (18) were all injured in the wreck.
"I read the news story on my phone
and it was so heartbreaking," said 27-year-old Morris. "I can't
imagine losing my parents at such a young age."
Ohio Highway Patrol investigators said
Joshua Nkansah, 40, of Fairfield was driving his 1997 Dodge minivan
southbound in the north¬≠bound lane of Interstate 75 near Franklin
when he struck the Barhorst's 2000 Chrysler minivan head-on.
Michele Barhorst, Nkansah and his
7-year-old son, David, were pronounced dead at the scene. Scott
Barhorst was flown from the scene to the hospital where he died from
Like the Barhorst kids, Nkansah's
4-year-old son, Darius, also survived the accident.
"When I woke up the morning after the
acci¬≠dent, it was still bothering me," said Morris. "I
thought about my own two daughters [ages 5 and 2]. It was weird
because I kind of felt like I knew these kids, even though I had
never met them and I didn't know if I'd ever meet them. I just
kept thinking about how they probably felt so alone and I didn't
want them to feel that way. I knew I needed to do something."
See full story in the Sunday, March 10, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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