- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio man accused of leaving a mother of four to die following a car crash has been arrested in her death, but the woman’s family says the development is of little comfort.

Police arrested and charged Scott Williams, 27, on Thursday with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf at an arraignment Friday.

No attorney was listed for Williams on Hamilton County’s court website.

Williams’ arrest comes a month after police say he was speeding in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township when he lost control of his car, and hit two trees and a utility pole, splitting his car in half.

Jena Higgins, a 29-year-old mother of four, was a passenger in the car. Her body was found the next day by sheriff’s deputies.

Higgins’ mother, Julie Ramage, 49, said she’s glad Williams was arrested “but it’s not helping our closure.”

“It never will because I don’t get to have my daughter come in here and say, ‘Hi, Mommy,’” Ramage said.

She said the hardest thing about her daughter’s death is helping her four grandchildren cope with the loss of their mother. The four boys are 2, 4, 7 and 10 years old.

“It’s just really hard; you got to try to keep their minds off everything because they don’t forget - you don’t want them to forget their mother, but you want them to forget the pain,” she said. “I caught her oldest … standing at his mom’s urn, bawling his eyes out.”

The family is moving the four boys into a home with Ramage’s other daughter, 23-year-old Jessica, and Ramage said she is considering moving in with them.

Police say Williams was able to elude arrest for more than a month by hiding in an attic in a Miami Township home.

Ramage said she feels nothing but hate for Williams.

“If he would have wrecked that car, called the ambulance, called police and said, ‘I’m sorry,’ then I wouldn’t be so hateful toward him,” she said. “I’m angry and - truth of the matter is - everybody wants to know how you feel about him and … it’s not a very Christian thing to say, is I want him dead, and I want him to suffer, and I want his mother to suffer just like we did.

“If I have to pray for myself so God don’t get mad at me for it, I will,” she added.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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