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Four people, including 22-month-old child, die in Ashtabula crash

Posted: 3:18 PM, Oct 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-21 12:13:24-04

Four people, including a 22-month-old child, died in an Ashtabula crash when a pickup truck collided with a car at a stop sign on Friday night, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The accident happened at West 58th Street and Adams Avenue, in Ashtabula around 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

Officers say a 48-year-old man was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 on West 58th Street and went through a stop sign and hit a 1998 Toyota Corolla driven by 18-year-old Giovanni Miller. 

Miller and all three passengers were pronounced dead on the scene. The other passengers were identified as Anastiasa N. Smith, 19, and Michelle A. Hommes, 47. The 22 month old was identified as Miller and Smith's son.

Everyone in the Toyota was wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, authorities said. The child was secured in a safety seat.

The other driver had minor injuries, according to authorities.

Homme's daughter, Sierra Rumer, said she would give anything to see her mom again. 

“Grab your kids. Grab your mom. You never know when they’re going to be gone. I can’t kiss my mom. I can’t tell her I love her. She’s gone,” Rumer said.

Hommes was a mother to three and a grandmother to 14. 

“I’m just waiting for her to come home, and it ain’t going to happen. It’s sad," said Gene Stevenson, Homme's boyfriend. 

The Ashtabula Police Department, Ashtabula Fire Department, Ashtabula Township EMS and Community Care EMS responded to the crash.

Ohio Highway Patrol says alcohol and/or drugs appear to be a factor in the crash.

Sergeant Chris Thayne said drinking and driving is never a good idea. He said never hesitate to call police, family or friends for a ride home.