Friends Remember AU Student Killed in Crash

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ASHLAND, Ohio -- Many are mourning the loss of a young man who died after a tragic car accident in Lorain County.

The crash happened on Friday and involved four Ashland University students, including Andrew Keim.

School leaders tell Fox 8 that Keim passed away after injuries sustained in the crash.

The other students are currently recovering at MetroHealth Medical Center. A hospital spokesperson said as of Sunday night Paige Gorsuch is in fair condition; Madalyn Humphery is in good condition; and Rose Sepesy remains in serious condition.

Andrew Keim is being remembered as a promising young man who always had a positive outlook on life.

"He was always very happy, energetic. He never had anything bad to say about anyone,” said Ashley Dilworth, who worked with Keim at a McDonald’s near campus.

"He was always very positive, and he changed a lot of people’s lives,” she said, as she held back tears.

State troopers tell Fox 8 the students were involved in the accident at a Lorain County intersection, after they failed to stop at a stop sign.

Mark Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, were in the Ford pick-up that hit the students, according to authorities. The couple has been released from MetroHealth Medical Center.

School leaders explained their daughter is also an AU student.

"I have friends who know them, so you definitely feel the ripple of sadness in the tragedy that happened,” said Adam Gunselman.

Gunselman, a junior, said he felt extremely sad for the students and their families, and campus felt somber after the tragedy.

School leaders said Sunday that Keim was a junior at the school, studying Digital Media Journalism. He was also active with a campus church group, ‘The Well.'

"He always joked with everyone, always cheered everyone up, and even if we had a bad day, he would cheer everyone up,” said Dilworth, regarding her coworker.

Ashland University leaders explained there has already been an on-campus prayer vigil, but the school does plan to have grief counselors available to help students through this tough time.

“Thoughts and prayers are with the families affected and the students themselves.
We're all just thinking about them and praying for a speedy recovery for them,” said Sarah Johnson, a student at AU.

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