ORWELL TOWNSHIP, Ohio-- Students at a local high school are mourning the loss of a classmate, killed in a crash that involved other teens at the same school. A memorial is growing at the scene of the crash in Orwell Township.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said their investigation revealed the 17-year-old, identified as Emily Plickert, didn't yield at a stop sign at Windsor Road and Bogue Road on Friday afternoon.
Her car was struck by a pick-up truck driven by a 16-year-old boy. He and his 16-year-old passenger survived. Emily was a student at Grand Valley High School. That is also where the 16-year-olds go to school.
"So many times now, teens are doing multiple things while in the car. One of those things is using their cell phone. In this case, the family granted us consent to search Emily's cell phone; the cell phone showed no indication of use during the time of the crash, so no distraction as far as the cell phone goes," said Lt. Jerad Sutton.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is now checking the so-called black box in Emily's car to see if it will reveal any clues about what happened. Investigators said there was snow in the area at the time, which could have made the road slippery.
At Grand Valley, the teen's sudden death is devastating news for students and faculty. "She was a very loved child, a very popular child, a cheerleader and she will be missed deeply," said Superintendent Bill Nye.
CLICK HERE for the Go Fund Me account set up to help her family pay for funeral expenses.