Saturday, July 07, 2001

Accident kills high school senior

Soccer player was on way to Edgewood High

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        and Sue Kiesewetter
       Enquirer Contributor

        ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP — A 16-year-old Edgewood High School senior died Friday morning after her car crashed on the way to soccer practice at the school.

        Amanda Schlabach, of the 3300 block of Hamilton-Eaton Road, was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m. at Miami Valley Hospital.

        At about 8 a.m., Amanda lost control of her car in the 4400 block of Morganthaler Road, said Brad Kraemer, spokesman for the Butler County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle went off the right side of the road, then the left and struck a tree, he said. The cause of the crash was unknown Friday.

        The Montgomery County Coroner's Office is investigating.

        Word of Amanda's death spread quickly in this Butler County community just south of Middletown. By midmorning, 20 students had gathered at the school to comfort one another and talk about their friend.

        The school's crisis team and a minister were on hand to help Amanda's friends.

        “She was one of those kids who never had a down minute,” said Bob Buchheim, assistant principal at Edgewood High School, where Amanda would have started her senior year. “She was a good student, a pleasure to be around.”

        At Edgewood, Amanda also was a cheerleader, served on student council and was in the German Honor Society. She helped out in the school's office as an aide.


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