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Funeral services announced for Damion Henderson, family seeks justice

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Funeral services have been announced for Damion Henderson, the 16-year-old Amelia High School student killed in a tragic accident on I-275 on Sunday evening.

Visitation for Henderson is scheduled for Saturday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. Services will follow the visitation at 11 a.m.

The visitation and service will be held at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia, located at 177 W. Main Street.

Cincinnati Police say that 41-year-old Larry Molloy was traveling 80 mph in a 65 mph zone when he struck a guardrail on I-275 at Kellogg Road. The accident happened around 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

Molloy, his son and a third minor survived. However, 16-year-old Damion Henderson was killed. Henderson was sitting in a backseat when he was ejected from the rear window. He sustained life threatening injuries at the scene. He was transported to Mercy Anderson Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police say it appears alcohol is a factor in the crash. However, Molloy has not been charged. Molloy has two previous OVI citations, including one in 2007 with his two young children in the car.

Damion had aspirations to play in the NFL after graduating college. His family is now preparing a funeral instead.

The Henderson family says they spoke with the other two boys in the car, who tell them Molloy was drinking and speeding that day. The family hopes there can be justice as they try to rebuild their lives.

"I am lost. I am empty. I'm lost," says Kim Johnson, Damion's mother. "Where do I go from here?"

Damion's family flips through photos of their beloved son and brother.

"I lost my little buddy," says Michael Henderson, Damion's father. "My little Damion's gone.  I don't know how I'll go on without him."

Police say it appears alcohol is a factor in the crash. However, Molloy has not been charged. Molloy has two previous OVI citations, including one in 2007 with his two young children in the car.

Just this week, Ralph Pottorf Junior was sentenced to eight years in prison after his seventh OVI charge.

Repeat offenders are something that truly concerns those fighting back against drunk drivers.

"There are hundreds and hundreds of people in Ohio that have five or more OVI convictions. I don't think that's acceptable," says Andrea Rehkamp of MADD.

For those representing drunk driving suspects, they admit the laws are plenty strict in Ohio - ranging from misdemeanors to felonies and prison time.

While they fight for defendants rights, more treatment may help repeat offenders.

"We want to encourage recovery, certainly for the good of that person, and for the good of the citizens," says Chuck Strain, a DUI attorney. "We should make treatment lots easier and very attractive."

Prosecutors agree. But how do we put a stop to habitual offenders?

"The answer is not just with more laws and more penalties. There has to be a higher acknowledgement and awareness that treatment has got to be a part of that," says Michael Gmoser, Butler County Prosecutor.

Police add that failure to wear a seatbelt was also a factor.

Henderson's family says they met Molloy a week ago.   

FOX19 reached out to Molloy through a phone number listed on a police report from the accident. So far there has been no word yet.

To view the OVI database, click here. The database includes anyone who has had five or more DUI convictions in the last 20 years.

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