Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Four Goshen High students killed in crash

        CLARK TWP. - Four teenagers, classmates at Goshen High School, were killed Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash on Ohio 28 near Doak Road in Clinton County.

        None of the victims, all rear-seat passengers, was wearing a seat belt, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Pronounced dead at the scene were Jennifer McRoberts, 16, of Goshen; Tasha Schnelle, 17, of Pleasant Plain; Lester Smith, 16, of Loveland, and Jessie E. King, 16, of Loveland.

        The crash occurred at 12:35 p.m. when an eastbound 1995 Geo Prizm driven by Sara E. Dale, 16, of Goshen, swerved out of control, traveled on the left side of Ohio 28 and struck a fence post and a tree.

        Ms. Dale and a front-seat passenger, Robert B. Creech, 17, of Loveland, who were both wearing seat belts, were taken to Clinton Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

        Three of the four rear-seat passengers were ejected on impact, the highway patrol said. The fourth rear-seat passenger was trapped in the vehicle.

        The teens were heading to a swimming outing in Greenfield, Ohio. The crash remains under investigation by the the highway patrol.


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