Grandmother: Family of teenager hit, killed by car in Franklin ‘waiting to wake up’

Grandmother: Family of teenager hit, killed by car in Franklin ‘waiting to wake up’

The investigation of the fatal pedestrian accident in Franklin is continuing, Police Chief Russ Whitman said:

  • Rose Nott and another teenager were hit by a car about 11:58 p.m. Monday 
  • They were on East Second Street (Ohio 73), walking home, from a store 
  • Rose was pronounced dead Wednesday at a hospital; The other teen was treated and released
  • The funeral for Rose is Friday afternoon in Kettering 
  • The investigation will determine whether the driver, 72, will be charged, the chief said

UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m. (July 6):  The family of Rose Nott has "lost something really special" with the death of the teenager, who was hit by a car in Franklin on Monday night, her grandmother said. 

"She always made everyone feel special," Roanne Sanders told News Center 7's John Bedell on Thursday. 

The Celebration of Life for Rose is set for 5 p.m. Friday at Routsong in Kettering.

It's obviously not the kind of event that was planned for, not with Rose on her way to her sophomore year at Franklin High School. Rose, 15, was a budding musician, her grandmother said, and a role model to her younger sister and cousins. 

Rose Nott and another teenager were hit by a vehicle Monday, July 3, 2017, in Franklin. Nott was taken off life support Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Her funeral is Friday, July 7, 2017. (Courtesy/Roanne Sanders)

"Feels like a nightmare. We're all waiting to wake up," Sanders said. "It's happened so fast. The accident was what, midnight on Monday, and now here we are on Thursday and tomorrow's the funeral."

Rose was pronounced dead Wednesday at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. She had been on life support. 

"They're supposed to be burying me -- not the other way around," Sanders said. 

"We want Rose to live on through all that she's touched. And from what we're learning -- which we didn't know -- she has touched a lot more people than we ever knew." 

No charges have been filed against the 72-year-old driver who hit Rose and another teenager (the other victim was treated and released) as they walked from their homes to the Franklin Walmart.

They were crossing East Second Street, from the south to the north, at Deardoff Road at 11:58 p.m., police said. The driver was heading west on Second when she struck them.  

Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman has said his department will not be releasing the driver’s name because no charges have been filed.

The driver, he said, was taking the accident “pretty hard.”

The incident has stirred discussions about speed limits in the area where the teenagers were hit.

Franklin City Council Member Debbie Foust said she’s recently brought up concerns to council about the speed limit on Second Street, which is also Ohio 73. 

The posted speed limit where Monday night’s accident occurred is 45 mph.

Foust, who owns A&G Pizza across the street from where the accident occurred, said the speed limit drops as drivers enter the city and into downtown Franklin. It drops from 45 mph to 40 mph, then to 35 mph.

Because the accident occurred close to midnight, Foust said, she doesn’t know if a reduced speed limit would have prevented it. 

She called losing a child “a parent’s worst nightmare,” and said the Franklin community is praying for the family.

Whitman has said charges could be pursued depending on how the investigation turns out.

If you have information about the incident, you are asked to contact Detective Steve Figliola, 937-746-2882, or leave an anonymous tip at 937-743-1TIP (1847).

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