Kent State Student Dies in Alabama Crash

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AUTAUGA COUNTY, Alabama — Authorities said Sunday night that Parma native Joseph J. Marino, 23, had been killed in a car crash.

Marino was a student at Kent State University.

In a statement released Monday, the school said the following about Marino’s passing:

“The Kent State community is sad to learn of the passing of Joseph J. ( “JJ”) Marino, one of our students, following a car accident in Alabama.  We express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, many of whom showed their love and support for him on social media.  The Kent State community continues to pray for all of those involved in the accident and their families. Counselors are available through University Health Services for those who need support during this difficult time.”

The crash happened Saturday afternoon on Interstate 65 in Alabama.

Marino was a passenger in a 2001 Ford Escape that collided with a 2002 Freightliner. Authorities said Marino, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

He died at a hospital in Montgomery on Sunday.

Four others in the Ford Escape were injured. That includes driver, Nader Hassen, 22, and passengers, Lamar Washington, 23; Michael Willis, 25, and Joseph Noah, 22.

The four were taken to an area hospital.

The driver of the Freightliner was not injured.

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