Report reveals drunk driving killed Madisonville couple

Report reveals drunk driving killed Madisonville couple in Dec. Ohio crash

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By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

CELINA, OH (WATE) - A coroner's report revealed that the driver in a wrong-way crash Dec. 23 in Warren County, OH that killed a Madisonville couple was drunk and had a blood alcohol content of more than four times the legal limit.

It's been almost two months since the deadly crash that claimed the lives of Scott and Michele Barhorst.

The couple was in Ohio visiting family just a few days before Christmas. Their four children survived the accident but two were serious injured.

Three of the four children are now living in Ohio with their maternal grandparents, leaving their life in Madisonville behind.

"The kids, you know, they miss their parents and I miss them myself," grandfather Lavern Moeller said while fighting back tears.

Police said Joshua Nkansah, 40, was driving his minivan drunk and going the wrong direction on Interstate 75 in Warren County when the crash happened.

Nkansah, his seven-year-old son, and Scott and Michele Barhorst all died in the crash.

"It's hard every once and a while I think about her and Scott," Moeller said.

Eight-year-old Tori Barhorst and 18-year-old Tyler Barhorst were both injured in the crash but it was 11-year-old Logan Barhorst and nine-year-old Hailie Barhorst who were seriously injured.

Hailie Barhorst told 6 News she's doing well in her recovery but Moeller said she will still need physical therapy.

"I'm good," Hailie Barhorst said. "But I have a little bit more of a ways to go."

Second-grader Tori and fifth-grader Logan are now going to their new school.

Grandmother Nancy Moeller said they talk to the girls about their parents to help keep the memory of them alive.

"I miss them," Hailie Barhorst said.

"It's been very difficult with our family and the support from everyone and God has helped us through," Nancy Moeller said. "We can't thank everybody enough. Our family, our friends, strangers, everybody. It's just been overwhelming for us all."

The family is collecting donations through their website Barhorstkids.com.


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