Memorial held for 11-month-old killed in DUI crash

Family, friends, and community members gathered to honor the life of Madden Ohlwiler, who was killed in a DUI crash in Las Flores. The memorial included a tribute, a moment of silence, and a butterfly release on what would have been Madden's first birthday. Madden's parents were injured in the crash and the driver, who was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs, has been released from custody pending further investigation.

A beautiful memorial was held on Friday to honor Madden Ohlwiler, who tragically lost his life at just 11 months old. Dozens of family members, friends, and community members gathered outside the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Las Flores to pay their respects on what would have been Madden’s 1st birthday. The memorial included a touching tribute, a moment of silence, and a butterfly release to honor Madden’s memory.

Madden and his parents, Kyle and Hayley Ohlwiler, were taking a walk near the intersection of Antonio Parkway and Oak Tree Lane in Las Flores when a car jumped onto the sidewalk and struck the family. Emergency crews found the entire family injured, and a silver Hyundai with a shattered windshield stopped on the embankment on the side of the road. Sadly, Madden did not survive, while Kyle and Hayley were rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

At the memorial, Darron Ohlwiler, Madden’s uncle, expressed his gratitude for the community’s support during this difficult time. “It has been a tough day to be honest, but it’s good that so many people came out from the community in support. It’s overwhelming,” he said. He also shared a heartfelt message about his nephew, saying that Madden had the sweetest smile and that he was a blessing to his parents, who had tried for some time to have children.

Kyle’s twin sister, Kimmy Ashworth, also spoke at the memorial, reading a tearful message from Kyle and Hayley. They expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community and shared that their hearts hurt more than their bodies. Ashworth also thanked everyone for their generosity and support during this difficult time.

The driver of the Hyundai, Daniel Lenihan of San Clemente, was brought to the hospital and later arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, according to the California Highway Patrol. The investigation is ongoing, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has requested expedited toxicology reports. Once the investigation is complete, prosecutors will review the evidence and determine what charges can be filed against Lenihan.

This tragedy has deeply affected the community, but the outpouring of love and support for the Ohlwiler family has been heartwarming. Madden’s life may have been short, but his memory will live on forever in the hearts of those who loved him.