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.
Praying for the Karn family following the tragic passing of Kevin last night. pic.twitter.com/WG6DyDEhfx
— Wittenberg Athletics (@WittAthletics) July 15, 2016
Kevin Karn visitation 2p-4p & 6p-8p Monday at the DWYANE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 650 West Waterloo Street, CW 43110 pic.twitter.com/kVSxyeC6Uo
— Dwight Burgess (@DwightBurgess) July 17, 2016
Counselors were on hand at the high school on Friday. Students are asked to call the school if they need someone to talk to.