Two people are dead and half a dozen more have been injured after an SUV went off the road Friday night in Wayne County.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Kristine Hutchison of Wooster was driving her 2002 Mercury Mountaineer through Wayne Township with a load of seven passengers. Just after 9:45 p.m., Hutchison drove off the left side of Friendsville Road near E Hutton Road, causing the vehicle to overturn.
Hutchison and one passenger, 16-year-old Alex Collett of Creston, were killed in the crash.
Several of Hutchison's loved ones visited the crash site and described her as a good mother from a big family. We've learned Collett was a student at Norwayne Schools.
Superintendent Karen O'Hare from the Norwayne local schools issued the following statement regarding the accident.
"The Norwayne local schools and the Norwayne community is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students, Alex Collett. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Collett family and all of Alex's friends. We plan to assemble our students on Monday morning to make them aware of the situation and have counselors and local clergy on hand to to help our students deal with this tragic loss."
Three other teenagers received "incapacitating injuries" and were transported to Akron Children's Hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time:
- Lindsey Laney, 15, West Salem
- Kayleigh Cabell, 15 Sterling
- Kayla Edwards, 16, Wooster
In addition, the three remaining passengers sustained "non-incapacitating injuries":
- Brian Fishburn, 18, Wooster
- Tyson Woodruff, 13, Wooster
- Lucille Edwards, 36, Wooster
Authorities say none of the passengers except for Hutchison and Lucille Edwards were wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred. Of the six who were not, three were ejected from the vehicle, including Alex Collett.
The crash remains under investigation. Officials say alcohol does not appear to be a factor.