September 2, 2014

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Ashland University mourns student killed in crash

WELLINGTON TWP. — A passenger in a vehicle struck about 8 p.m. Friday at the intersection of state Route 18 and Quarry Road has died.

Andrew Keim, 21, of Millersburg, was in the right rear passenger seat of a northbound Subaru Legacy that was struck by a westbound Ford F-250 pickup, said Trooper Jeff Boros of the Ohio Highway Patrol Elyria post.

Boros, who investigated the crash, said driver Madeline Humphrey failed to stop at a stop sign.

The pickup broadsided the Legacy, hitting it on the side where Keim was seated. Boros said Keim was not wearing a seat belt.

Humphrey, 20, of Elkin, W.Va., and passengers Paige Gorsuch, 21, of Lacey, Wash., and Rose Sepesy, 21, of Youngstown, are Ashland University students, as was Keim. Boros said Humphrey told him they were headed to Oberlin and were detoured to Quarry Road.

Boros said a prosecutor will decide whether Humphrey will face charges. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, officials said.

Gorsuch was in fair condition Sunday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Sepesy was serious.

Pickup driver Mark Zacharias, 56, of Wellington, was in fair condition. Elizabeth Zacharias, his 55-year-old wife, was treated and released.

A prayer service took place Saturday night at Ashland, where Keim was a junior. Keim helped raise funds for cancer research and gave blood to the Red Cross, said Sue Heimann, dean of students.

Heimann said Keim participated in a regular religious service. He also was a manager at a fast-food restaurant, she said.

FM radio station WRDL in Ashland said Keim had been a show host for three semesters, going by “APK.” The station said on social media Saturday night that it planned to air clips of him this week. “He was one of the most giving students at Ashland,” Heimann said Sunday.

Keim’s twin sister, Ashley Keim, spoke at the prayer service and informed the audience her brother had died. She said he was a giving person in life who would continue to be so as an organ donor. Ashley Keim also is a student at Ashland.

Grief counselors and spiritual support staff will be available to students, and the school chapel will be open, Heimann said. The school, with about 2,200 undergraduates, is completing finals this week.

“We’ll be in mourning,” Heimann said. “We have a strong community of faith, and we’re going to pull together.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.