Alcohol suspected in crash killing Wittenberg soccer recruit

AMANDA TOWNSHIP, OH (WDTN/WCMH) – An 18-year-old Wittenberg University soccer recruit was killed Thursday night after driving his car off the road in Fairfield County.

It happened just after 10:30pm Thursday on Royalton Road in Amanda Township.

According to the Lancaster post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kevin P. Karn, 18, of Canal Winchester was driving west on Royalton Road in a 2001 Toyota Echo. He went off the right side of the road, hitting a rock, fence, trash can and a utility pole.

Troopers said he was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash happened.

Karn was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

Investigators say alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Karn was a 2016 graduate of Canal Winchester High School.

His friends say he was well-known and well-liked.

“Everyone wanted to hang out with him at school. That’s just who everyone wanted to hang out with,” said Je’len Olbrantz.

“Kevin had a heart. He stands up for, or stood up for, what he believed in,” said Jestin Thompson.

Karn was a soccer player and his guidance counselor tells NBC4 he planned on attending Wittenburg University in the fall.

It was the second fatal crash to hit members of the university’s athletic department during the summer.

Members of the Wittenberg University football team were involved in a crash in Shelby County towards the end of June. Miles Laboy, 18, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.



Counselors were on hand at the high school on Friday. Students are asked to call the school if they need someone to talk to. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s