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Truck hits, kills girl, 9, in Salem; man arrested

Published: Sun, November 11, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Salem police have arrested a man believed to be responsible for a hit-and-run accident that killed a 9-year-old girl this weekend.

Todd R. Roberts, of East Main Street, Washingtonville, turned himself in to police just after 5 p.m. Saturday. He has been charged with felony failing to stop after an accident and is being held in the Columbiana County Jail.

According to police, Olivia Thompson was walking along East State Street on Friday night with another juvenile when she tried to cross the street at Lundy Avenue and was hit by a pickup truck. She was rushed to the hospital where she died early Saturday morning.

Her companion was not injured.

Salem Detective David Talbert said the driver of the pickup, believed to be Roberts, fled the scene of the accident, but was unable to avoid law enforcement for long. Police identified Roberts and within hours took possession of the 1998 Chevrolet S-10 he is believed to have been driving.

“We have located the man. We have the vehicle in question, and we have him in custody. The vehicle has been impounded and is being processed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification,” Talbert said.

Police are not willing to speculate on whether the pickup driver was impaired at the time of the accident, Talbert said, adding that more investigation is needed to make that determination.

“We have talked to him once, but I don’t want to comment on that because there are things that must be done to determine that,” he said.

A press release from the police department said further charges against Roberts will be reviewed by a Columbiana County grand jury this week.

The Summit County coroner will announce an exact cause of death at a later date.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Send this filthy useless cockroach somewhere the sun don't shine! Useless to society so lock him up.

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2Silence_Dogood(1662 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

"Roberts, fled the scene of the accident"
it would seem that Roberts is broke and don't care either.Leaving a nine year old girl to die ,now that is broke and don't care for you.

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3saddad(651 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

One can pray that they never be on either side of such an occurence. Jabberin away on it doesnt seem right.

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4southsidedave(5184 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I certainly hope that drugs are alcohol are not the cause of this horrible tragedy.

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


"...but in neighborhoods Ive had children run across the street in front of my car and never even looked at all."

Oh you bleeding hearts! Always sticking up for the perpetrators! If you hit a child would you LEAVE THAT CHILD IN THE STREET and RUN AWAY? Trying to hide something? HE FLED THE SCENE! What is so hard to comprehend. They have the truck in impound, they have the dude, now it's whether he was drunk or not.

Once again, HE FLED THE SCENE! That is a NO-NO. And he KILLED a 9 year old girl! It's NOT rocket science!

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