EATON — At press time, the investigation into a weekend crash which claimed the life of a local high school student continued.
The Preble County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the single-vehicle fatal crash which occurred on Orphans Road, west of Pence-Shewman Road on Saturday, Jan. 7. The crash occurred between 2-2:30 p.m., according to Sheriff Mike Simpson.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2008 Honda was traveling west on Orphans Road when the driver lost control. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree.”
The driver and only occupant, Olivia Wallace, 16, of Eaton, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Simpson.
Wallace is a student at National Trail High School and Miami Valley Career Technology Center.
North Central EMS, Eldorado and West Manchester Fire Departments and the Preble County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene, according to Simpson. Wallace was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy was to be performed.
“We are deeply saddened and our hearts are broken at the passing of Olivia,” National Trail Superintendent Jeff Parker said on Monday, Jan. 9. “Olivia was truly loved by all in the National Trail family, as has been evidenced the last couple of days. She was a very kind young lady who it seemed was always smiling. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to her family and friends.”
“The support National Trail has received from our own community and surrounding communities has been amazing,” Parker added. “Our fellow Preble County School districts have been incredible with their support. Olivia had a wide range of friends not only at National Trail, but throughout other schools, as well.”
Parker said National Trail had counselors and a couple local pastors at the school on Monday, Jan. 9, for students.
“We also opened our building up on Sunday for students and staff,” he said. “We had counselors and pastors available, as well. Approximately 35-40 kids came in, along with 12-15 staff members and a dozen parents or so. The kids have spent time grieving and celebrating Olivia’s life.”
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