XENIA TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Two 16-year-olds are dead after a crash on OH-235 in Xenia Township Wednesday afternoon.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 2 NEWS the crash occurred around 1:20 pm near Hilltop Road.
16-year-old Troy Haney, of Xenia, was driving a red 2008 Kia Spectra southbound on OH-235 when he traveled left of center, striking a gold Mercury Grand Marquis that was traveling northbound.
Haney’s passenger, 16-year-old Jarred Hixson, of Xenia, was thrown from the vehicle.
Both teens were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Mercury, a 23-year-old Brookville woman, was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger, a 4-year-old girl, was not injured.
Troopers continue to investigate what factors may have led to Haney crossing the center line. Initially, troopers at the scene believed speed to be a contributing factor.
Haney and Hixson both went to the Greene County Career Center, which released a statement to 2 NEWS Thursday.
The news that two of our students were involved in this terrible accident is an incredible loss to our entire school community, and we join their family, friends and loved ones in mourning them. All of us are deeply saddened by this news, and we have mobilized resources to support our students, faculty and staff, and have arranged to have counselors onsite Thursday and Friday to help them process their grief.Dave Deskins, Greene County Career Center
Both Haney and Hixon were also former students in the Xenia Community Schools. Dr. Gabriel Lofton, district superintendent, released a statement.
The Xenia community lost two young men on Wednesday afternoon following a tragic car accident. Although they attended the Greene County Career Center, both had been students at Xenia Community Schools for much of their young lives, and our community is saddened by their loss.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of these young men, and our thoughts will continue to be with them in the difficult times ahead. Our staff and students will have access to counseling and support in the coming days.Dr. Gabriel Lofton, Superintendent Xenia Community Schools
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Xenia Township Fire and EMS, City of Xenia Fire and EMS, and the Greene County Coroner’s Office.
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