Hilliard Northwest News

Report: Driver in crash that killed boy was over legal limit

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says the blood-alcohol content of Melissa Ann Robins, 32, of Orient, was 0.02 above the legal limit in a Sept. 7 crash that claimed the lives of three people, including Elijah Love, a fourth-grade student at Beacon Elementary School.

The sheriff's office is preparing a report for the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office to be used in determining probable charges against Robins, Sgt. Carl Hickey said.

"It will probably be a few more weeks" before the report is completed, he said.

Robins' blood-alcohol content was 0.10, Hickey said. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle in Ohio is 0.08.

Hickey said a a narcotics test for Robins was negative.

Police said Robins was driving a Pontiac Vibe south on U.S. Route 62 when her vehicle went left of center and struck another vehicle head on just north of the Franklin-Pickaway county line at 11:20 p.m. Sept. 7.

Her two passengers, father and son Sammy F. Stamper Sr., 55, and Samuel Scott Stamper, 29, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Love, 9, was a passenger in the other vehicle driven by his father, James Love, 37, who was injured in the crash, along with the boy's mother, Amanda, 37, and two siblings: 15-year-old half-brother, Jordan Gilliland, and 7-year-old sister, Aliyah.