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8-Year-Old Boy Killed in Dayton Car Crash
DAYTON -- A Dayton family is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old boy killed in a tragic car accident over the weekend.
Lakell Newland, 8, loved Spiderman and sports. In fact, he and his stepfather were on their way to McDonald's to celebrate the Bengals' win Sunday when Lakell was killed.
"He just got taken away too quick," said Lakell's uncle, James Rowland.
Rowland has a vivid memory of the boy who just Sunday was watching the game in the same room with his stepfather.
"Always had a smile on his face and a cackle in his laughter. He won't be forgotten though," Rowland said.
"He was an awesome little boy. He loved football. He and his dad just got done watching the game, the Bengals, he was so excited about it," Lakell's aunt, Lula Thorpe said.
So the pair set out to get a celebratory sandwich. Police say Lakell's stepfather ran a stop sign. He told us his car malfunctioned. The car ended up in the middle of the intersection of Geneva and Sylvan Drive when his car was T-boned in the spot where Lakell was sitting. The impact forced the car to barrel roll several times, partially ejecting Lakell. He was just four blocks from home.
"I just couldn't believe it. I still feel like it's not true. I don't want it to be true," Thorpe said.
"It's something that nobody should have to go through or anything like that," Rowland said.
Funeral arrangements for Lakell haven't been set yet.
DAYTON -- An 8-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon following a car crash on Geneva Road.
Dayton police said the vehicle in which he was riding ran a stop sign and was struck by a vehicle traveling through the intersection on Sylvan Drive. Police say that vehicle had the right-of-way.
The driver of the car, the child's stepfather, was released Sunday night from the hospital.
We are speaking with the boy's family today and will have their story tonight on ABC 22 and FOX 45.
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