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Three BGSU students die in wrong-way crash

8:07 PM, Mar 2, 2012   |    comments
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio --  A Bowling Green State University student from Aurora is among the dead in a crash involving a car carrying five students and a wrong-way driver.

The State Highway Patrol says the car the students were in was hit head-on on I-75 near the university. The wrong-way driver also died.

The car was in a caravan of vehicles as 16 BGSU students, all members of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, headed to the Detroit airport to catch an early morning flight to the Dominican Republic to spend spring break at a resort.

The university is on spring break beginning March 5.

The accident happened at 2:30 a.m. at a crest on the highway in Wood County. Troopers say the students probably never had a chance to react to the oncoming car.

A trooper saw the driver going the wrong way and had turned his cruiser around to intercept the car, but seconds later the cars collided.

BGSU identifies the students who died as Rebekah Blakkolb, 20, of Aurora, Ohio, a junior in the College of Education and Human Development; Christina Goyett, 19, of Bay City, Mich., a sophomore in the College of Education and Human Development; and Sarah Hammond, 21, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, a junior in the College of Education and Human Development.

The injured students are identified as Angelica Mormile, 19, of Garfield Heights, Ohio, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Kayla Somoles, 19, of Cleveland, Ohio, a sophomore in the College of Education and Human Development.

The university says they have serious injuries.

The wrong-way driver has been identified as Winifred D. Lein, 69, of Perrysburg. Troopers are trying to determine why she was going the wrong way on the divided highway.

"We're shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic news," said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. "Our hearts go out to the families, friends and sorority sisters of these young women."

Counselors have been made available to the sorority and the BGSU community.

The Associated Press/WKYC-TV

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