Madisonville community helps family involved in fatal Ohio ax

Madisonville community helps family involved in fatal Ohio accident

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From left to right: Logan, Hailie and Tori Barhorst.  (source: Michele Barhorst's Facebook) From left to right: Logan, Hailie and Tori Barhorst. (source: Michele Barhorst's Facebook)
The Barhorst family  (source: Michele Barhorst's Facebook) The Barhorst family (source: Michele Barhorst's Facebook)
"Oh my gosh, it just breaks my heart, I just feel so sorry for them," Sparks said. "Oh my gosh, it just breaks my heart, I just feel so sorry for them," Sparks said.
"Right before she walked out that door-- she said Ms. Ogle—I get to go see my family this weekend, so that just sticks in my mind," Ogle said. "Right before she walked out that door-- she said Ms. Ogle—I get to go see my family this weekend, so that just sticks in my mind," Ogle said.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE)—  We're learning more about the family involved in a crash that left four children orphaned.  

Ohio State Police say it happened on Interstate 75 in Franklin -- that's just outside Cincinnati. One of the cars involved was driven by a couple from Monroe County.

They died -- their four children survived.   Police say they were hit by a man who was possibly intoxicated and driving the wrong-way on the interstate.  

In an instant, the lives of Scott and Michele Barhorst were cut short over the holiday weekend. 

The accident is on the minds of many in the Madisonville community, even though many didn't know the family.  

The family of six moved to Madisonville from Ohio this summer.   The community hopes the four children they left behind will make a full recovery.    

"I found this out yesterday, I just couldn't sleep last night. This bothered me," said Becky Ogle, a 5th grade teacher at Madisonville Intermediate School.  

Officials say all four children are expected to survive. Hailie Barhorst, 9, remains in critical condition at the ICU Monday night at the Children's Medical Center of Dayton.  

Her sister Logan Barhorst, 11, was downgraded from the ICU Monday and remains in serious condition.   Their sister Tori Barhorst, 8, is in fair condition.

Logan and Hailie both attend the Madisonville Intermediate School.  

The accident has shaken up Logan's 5th grade teacher Becky Ogle, who has been on Facebook non-stop all day, to help notify the community and get patient updates.

Ogle saw Logan on Friday, right before her family left to drive to Ohio.

"Right before she walked out that door-- she said Ms. Ogle—I get to go see my family this weekend, so that just sticks in my mind," Ogle said.  

The Barhorst family lived in a subdivision in Madisonville.

According to his Facebook page, Scott Barhorst worked at Precision Strip, a metals processing plant in Vonore.  

Becky Ogle said she met Logan's mother, Michele Barhorst.

"She is a really nice lady; she comes to school things with her child.  She just seems like an active mom who loved her kids," Ogle said.

Many neighbors told us they really didn't know the family, but say the neighborhood kids would often play on the Barhorst's backyard trampoline.  

"I just see all the kids out there playing.  They all had a blast, in the summertime-- it was just amazing, because you just see all the kids," said neighbor Tina Sparks.  

On this Christmas eve---- the Barhorst home sits empty. There will be no celebrations here, just the memories of two loving parents'  

"Oh my gosh, it just breaks my heart, I just feel so sorry for them," Sparks said.  

Becky Ogle said she is planning to visit her in the hospital on Thursday, along with Hailie's 3rd grade teacher. 

Ogle said the family's grandfather is also there.

The fourth child in the crash, 18-year-old Tyler Barhorst, is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday, according to the family's grandfather.    

Tyler Barhorst is a senior at Sequoyah High School.

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