July 24, 2016

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BREAKING NEWS: Second Highland student dies

GRANGER TWP. — Andrew Ehrbar, 13, who attended Highland Middle School, died today from injuries sustained in the Wednesday morning crash that claimed the life of his sister, Erin, 16.

“It is with great sorrow that I must now confirm the passing of Andrew Ehrbar, seventh-grader at Highland Middle School, who was involved in yesterday’s tragic accident,” Highland Local Schools Superintendent Catherine Aukerman said in a statement. “Andrew and his sister, Erin, a Highland junior, were wonderful young people at Highland and will be sadly missed. This is a time of incomprehensible sadness for the students and families at Highland. We are doing our best to cope with this news.

“Our crisis response teams are on site at both the high school and middle school, as are grief counselors, and will remain available in the coming days. Our staff and administration are doing their very best to address the needs of our students and their families. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Ehrbar family,” she said.

At about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, just before the start of the school day, Erin Ehrbar was pulling out of her driveway at 1825 Wilbur Road when a 1973 Ford Mustang crashed into her driver’s side.

Erin died at the scene and Andrew, who was a passenger in Erin’s 2002 Pontiac Sunfire, was taken by emergency helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The driver of the other car, 17-year-old Highland sophomore Jonathon D. Slifka, was treated and released at Medina Hospital.

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Hirsch said there were a variety of factors that may have played a role in the accident.

“Sun glare was present when I arrived,” Hirsch said, and it may have obstructed Erin’s view.

The crash remains under investigation.

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