September 19, 2014

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Keystone students don orange for injured classmate, donate to fund

Keystone High School students wear orange clothing in honor of fellow student Kyle Delligatti, who was critically injured Wednesday in an automobile crash. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Keystone High School students wear orange clothing in honor of fellow student Kyle Delligatti, who was critically injured Wednesday in an automobile crash. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Following support and donations from Keystone High School, the family of a 17-year-old Keystone student who was critically injured in a car crash this week set up an official fund for him on Friday morning.

Kyle Delligatti, 17, who was listed Friday in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, was involved in a two-car crash on state Route 301 on Wednesday when his car was T-boned by an oncoming Pontiac Montana.

The driver and passenger of the minivan, Nick Malinovsky and Amber Gregory, respectively, were conscious and suffered minor injuries from the crash, according to Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Travis Hughes.

The crash caused an outpouring of support from the students and staff of Keystone High School where Kyle is a student and president of the junior class. On Thursday, Kyle’s classmates started donating money to help his family through his recovery.

Keystone High School Principal Franco Gallo estimates that students have donated more than $100 so far.

“They take it upon themselves to do so many positive things,” Gallo said of the Keystone students, who set up a table in the lunch room to collect donations Thursday.

Kyle Delligatti’s father, Shane Delligatti, said he is touched by the support and donations the family is receiving.

“It’s very heartfelt … It’s incredible to know that students can do this on their own,” he said.

On Friday, Shane Delligatti and his family started an official fund for Kyle through FirstMerit Bank, under Kyle’s name. Shane Delligatti said the family has been at the hospital since the crash and doesn’t know if people have been donating; however, he continues to update the Caring Bridge website on Kyle’s condition.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.