Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Fourth teen dies from June crash

David M. Kaiser Jr. was all-state football player

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TWP. — David M. Kaiser Jr., 18, a La Salle High School graduate whose prowess on the football field had earned him a four-year college athletic scholarship, died Saturday at Drake Center from injuries suffered in a car wreck last June.

        He was injured when the car in which he was a passenger was driven into the path of a tractor-trailer on U.S. 50 near Brookville, Ind. Three other teen-agers died as result of injuries in that crash. They were on their way to a graduation party.

        David's favorite sport was football, and he began his high school football career at La Salle in the fall of 1996. He won the team's MVP award in both his freshman and sophomore years.

        During his senior year, David broke the school's tackling records, earned All-City, GCL, All-District, and All-Region honors, and was second team All-State as a safety. His football accomplishments led to his being awarded a four-year athletic scholarship at McKendree College in St. Louis.

        Among his friends, David was known for his high self-esteem and leadership, said his parents, David M. Sr. and Cindy Kaiser, of White Oak. His smiling face during his hard times was an inspiration to those around him, his parents said.

        He is also survived by two sisters, Nicole Marie Kaiser and Amanda Lee Kaiser, both at home; his paternal grandparents, Harry Kaiser Jr. and Marie Kaiser of Monfort Heights; and his maternal grandparents, Edward and Ann Vierling of Delhi Township.

        Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Church in White Oak. Visitation is 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at Frederick Funeral Home, 2553 Banning Road, Groesbeck. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Montgomery.

        Memorials can be made to the David M. Kaiser Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o La Salle High School, 3901 North Bend Road, Cincinnati 45239.


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