Student driver, driving instructor killed in crash

WATERVILLE -- A teenage student driver and his instructor out for a lesson on an Ohio road have been killed in a two-vehicle crash at an intersection.

An Ohio Highway Patrol preliminary investigation indicates 16-year-old Joseph Franks was driving a car in Waterville Township while Thomas Smith was instructing him Monday. It says they drove past a stop sign and were hit by a minivan.

Lt. Bill Bowers says the car flipped and ended up in a nearby house's yard.

The student driver and the instructor died at the scene. The student was from Swanton. The instructor worked for Key Driving School Inc. and was from Whitehouse. The minivan driver was hospitalized. All three had been wearing their seat belts.

Driving school owner Bonnie Lech tells Toledo's The Blade newspaper her "heart cries out" for the victims.


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