BGSU Student From NE Ohio Among Those Killed in Crash

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MIDDLETON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A Bowling Green State University junior from Aurora was among four killed in an overnight accident involving a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the highway, Fox 8 News reports.

Rebekah Blakkolb, 20, of Aurora, a junior in the College of Education and Human Development, was killed along with two of her sorority sisters.

Two other local members of BGSU's Alpha Xi Delta sorority -- Angelica Mormile, 19, of Garfield Heights, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Kayla Somoles, 19, of Parma, a sophomore in the College of Education and Human Development -- were injured in the crash. Both were transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo after suffering "incapacitating injuries."

At a Friday afternoon news briefing, it was stated that both Mormile and Somoles are in critical condition.

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, were the other sorority sisters who were killed.

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

Initial reports, according to BGSU spokesperson Jen Sobolewski, indicate that the vehicle in which the students were riding was struck head-on by another vehicle traveling the wrong way in the northbound lane of Interstate 75. With BGSU's spring break beginning Monday, the women were apparently on their way to the airport in Detroit.

The collision occurred at approximately 2:17 a.m., two minutes after the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a call concerning the wrong-way driver.

A spokesperson for the OSHP tells Fox 8 News that the deadly crash occurred in Middleton Township near Toledo on I-75 just south of State Route 582.

"The thoughts and prayers of the BGSU community are with our students and their families at this difficult time," Sobolewski said, adding that counselors have been made available to the sorority and to the entire BGSU community.

OSHP Lt. D.W. Laubacher said the fourth fatal victim was the wrong-way driver -- Winifred D. Lein, 69, of Perrysburg, Ohio.

The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate.

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