The accident occurred while Macie Behringer, 16, was on her way to school Tuesday morning.
LAKE TWP. A Lake High School cheerleader and gymnast was killed Tuesday morning in a two-car crash less than three miles from school.
Macie Behringer, 16, was driving north on Market Avenue N as she headed to school at 8:12 a.m. when she lost control on slush-covered pavement, said Maj. C.J. Stantz of the Stark County Sheriff's Office. The Honda Civic slid into the path of a southbound Dodge Grand Caravan driven by a Uniontown area woman. The van struck the car's right passenger side, sending the car off the road and into a field just south Lake O'Pines Street NE.
Behringer, who was not wearing a safety belt, was killed.
Rick Walters, investigator for Stark County Coroner Dr. Anthony Bertin, said the Jackson Township teen suffered massive injuries.
The driver of the van was treated by Hartville Fire Department medics for injuries described as non-life-theatening, Stantz said.
Deputies were joined at the scene by the Canton Metro Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team, which also includes deputies, to investigate the collision. The wreckage was cleared at about 11:30 a.m. and Market Avenue reopened to traffic.
Local clergy, including youth pastors, were called to the high school.
"We're deeply saddened" by news of the crash, said Lake Local Schools Superintendent Kevin Tobin. "It's tragic. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone. Our community has suffered a great loss today. She was a popular young lady, and people here are just heart-broken today."
School district families were notified by the school system's electronic phone call alert to "let parents know that we did lose a student today, and to let them know we'll continue to be here for them. We are just trying to do whatever's needed at this point."All Lake High School athletic events scheduled for Tuesday were cancelled. Athletic events at Lake Middle School were held as scheduled.