Teen driver mourned af­ter crash in War­ren County

Cen­ter­ville vic­tim’s con­di­tion un­known day af­ter 4-car in­ci­dent.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Lawrence Budd Staff Writer

The 16-year-old WarLEBANON — ren County boy killed in a head-on crash while driv­ing to school at the Day­ton Chris­tian High School on Tues­day was mourned at the school and in a state­ment is­sued by the Le­banon church where he was re­cently rec­og­nized for his ser­vice.

“With great sad­ness we an­nounce the pass­ing of our parish­ioner, al­tar server, and gen­er­ous church vol­un­teer Thomas Wil­liami­tis, who was killed in a car crash,” the state­ment on the web­site of St. Therese the Lit­tle Flower Catholic Church.

“Please pray for the re­pose of his soul and for his fam­ily, rel­a­tives, and loved ones,” the state­ment con­tin­ued. “Eter­nal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may per­pet­ual light shine upon him.

con­tin­ued from B1 May he rest in peace. Amen.”

Wil­liami­tis, age 16 of Ore­go­nia, was pro­nounced dead at 7:46 a.m. at 8594 Ohio 48 in Clearcreek Town­ship as the re­sult of a head-on col­li­sion dur­ing a four-car crash near the Ly­tle-Five Points in­ter­sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the War­ren County Coro- ner’s Of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to the church web site, vis­i­ta­tion will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs- day at Coun­try­side Church of the Nazarene, 1436 Deer­field Road in Le­banon. An in­vi­ta­tion-only re­quiem mass is to be given on Fri­day.

He was the sec­ond Day­ton Chris­tian School stu­dent killed in less than a year in a crash in Clearcreek Twp. in the sec­ond head-on crash in four days in the busy town- ship along the Mont­gomery-War­ren county border.

In March 2017, Alexis Jansen, 16, who at­tended Spring- boro Bap­tist Church, died in a crash with a tow-truck at Ohio 48 and Bun­nell Hill Road in Clearcreek Twp., just weeks af­ter re­ceivng her learn­ers per­mit. Her mother, a pas­sen­ger, was badly in­jured.

On Tues­day, Wil­liami­tis, a sopho­more at the Chris­tian school in Mi­ami Twp., Mont- gomery County, was north- bound on Ohio 48 headed to school and trav­eled into on­com­ing traf­fic, about a mile north of Ohio 73, trig­ger­ing the four-car crash, ac­cord­ing to the Ohio High­way Pa­trol.

No up­dates were im­me­di­ately avail­able on Wed­nes­day on the con­di­tion of Terry Van­der­berg, 47, of Cen­ter- ville, who was was trans- ported by a Caref­light he­li­copter to Mi­ami Val­ley Hos­pi­tal.

On Tues­day, she was be­ing treated for life-threat­en­ing in­juries and listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Chuck O’Bryon of the Ohio High­way Pa­trol.

Also to­day, Wil­liami­tis was mourned at the high school where he was headed at the time of the crash.

“I think it’s a lot of shock to­day and it’s’ a lot of, just, we’re not re­ally sure how to han­dle it,” said Chris Malm­strom, the school’s spir­i­tual life di­rec­tor.

No fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was avail­able about the crash, but the in­ves­ti­ga­tor ex­pressed sym­pa­thy for those mourn­ing Wil­liami­tis’ death and wor­ried by Van­der­berg’s con­di­tion.

“I’m sorry for him and his fam­ily. I’m sorry for Miss Van­der­berg and her fam­ily,” Trooper R. Todd Bai­ley said.

Thomas Wil­liami­tis, 16, of Ore­go­nia, re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate in Jan­uary 2017.

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