June 27, 2016

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Recent Highland High School graduate killed in Bath Twp. crash

BATH TWP. — A recent Highland High graduate was killed and a classmate severely injured Wednesday evening when their pickup ran off state Route 18 just east of Interstate 77.

Andrew J. Hayes, 19, of Medina, was westbound on Route 18, just west of Springside Drive, shortly before 6 p.m. when he lost control of his 1998 Dodge Ram pickup, according to the Canton post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The pickup went off the right side of the road, hit the curb and slammed into a utility pole, the report said.

Hayes was taken to Akron General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His passenger, Sean M. Kolcun, 19, of Hinckley Township, also was taken to Akron General, where he was in serious condition Thursday evening, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The report said neither Hayes nor Kolcun were wearing seat belts.

The investigation into the crash is not complete, but the report the noted that alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Hayes and Kolcun graduated last month from Highland High School. They attended the Medina County Career Center.

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