A Clinton-Massie High School senior was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash, just 16 days before he was to graduate with the class of 2014.
The victim, Dominick H. Brady, 19, of Sabina, died of injuries he received in the crash, said Lt. Stanley A. Jordan, commander of the Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Randy Dunlap, high school principal, said Brady was on his way to school at the time of the accident.
The crash occurred at approximately 8:47 a.m. on State Route 380, just south of Doster Road in Adams Township, Clinton County.
The patrol said Brady was traveling south on State Route 380 in a 2000 Toyota Avalon.
“Mr. Brady lost control during a heavy downpour of rain, went off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence and a utility pole,” Jordan said.
The Clinton-Warren Fire District used the Jaws of Life to extricate the victim from his vehicle, said Chuck Muchmore, a member of the fire department. Muchmore said the passenger side door and the top of the car had to be cut off to get the victim out of the car.
The Clinton-Warren life squad transported the victim to Clinton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
State Routes 73 and 380 were closed to traffic for several hours after the crash.
State Route 380 — from State Route 73 to Todds Fork Road — was expected to remain closed until approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday while Dayton Power & Light crews replaced the electric pole which had been broken off in the crash, Muchmore said.
Also assisting at the scene were the Chester Township Fire Department and EMS, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The crash remains under investigation.
The highway patrol is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who has information about the crash to contact the Wilmington post at 937-382-2551.
Meanwhile, Clinton-Massie administrators say they are available for students who want to talk.
Dunlap said he made the announcement of the tragedy at an assembly of the entire student body.
Grief counselors were also present at the high school all day on Wednesday and they will be there again on Thursday to meet with students to help them cope with the loss.
“We are all extremely upset,” Dunlap said. “I’ve always viewed the district as a family. It’s tough losing a member of the family.”
Dunlap said a table has been set up in the hallway where students can drop off flowers, cards and messages for the Brady family.
Dunlap has served as principal at the high school for the past 15 years. During that time, the district has lost other students in vehicle crashes.
“It’s a shock,” he said. “I feel bad and very sad for Dominick’s family.”
Rose Cooper can be reached at 937-382-2574 extension 216 or on Twitter @rosecooperWNJ.