Cincinnati, OH – Here’s a story sure to wreck your Christmas Eve a bit. Four people were killed when a minivan carrying a family leaving a Christmas party went the wrong way on the highway and had crashed into another minivan carrying a family on their way to visit family for Christmas.
Early Sunday morning, 40-year-old Joshua Nkansah was driving a minivan down I-75 with his two young children after having left a Christmas party. For reasons unknown, Nkansah did a U-turn and started driving the wrong way on the highway, colliding head-on with another minivan.
The second minivan was carrying Scott and Michele Barhorst, a couple from Tennessee, on their way to visit grandparents for Christmas in St. Marys, Ohio, Along with them wwhere their four children, ages of 8, 11, 9 and 18.
Michele Barhorst, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene, along with Joshua Nkansah and his 7-year-old son, David. Scott Barhorst, 37, would die later at the hospital.
Nkansah’s 4-year-old son, Darius, was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries, along with Tori Barhorst, 8, Logan Barhorst, 11, and Haley Barhorst, 9. Tyler Barhorst, 18, was treated for minor injuries. As of this morning, Logan and Haley were listed in critical condition while Tori was listed in fair condition.
Alcohol looks like it played a role, as investigators say they smelled liquor in Nkansah’s minivan and found a bottle of alcohol in the vehicle. No one in Nkandah’s vehicle were wearing seat belts.
I could go on a long rant on why I, a drinker, loathe drunk drivers. But I’ll just leave you with this, especially since gun related deaths are this month’s hot topic:
That’s right, while people are screaming for gun control, more people die each year in the US from drunken morons behind the wheel of a vehicle than they do someone with a gun. Those numbers don’t even take into account how many of those gun related murders were fueled by alcohol.
To be fair, both of those numbers have steadily dropped over the last three decades, but both numbers are still way, way too high. Also, if you drive drunk, know that I hate you.