HANOVER TWP., Ohio – Friends and family are expecting one of four college freshmen involved in a late Saturday night car crash to be released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Monday afternoon.
Hunter Clements and Andrew Weil visited Javon Harrison, a University of Cincinnati freshman football player, at the hospital Monday and said Harrison was in fair condition and would be released soon.
"My heart goes out to everyone in this accident," Weil said."It's a real tragedy. From what I heard he is going to go home today, and the whole community has his back and we are thinking about everybody involved."
Two others, UC freshman football player Mark Barr and first-year Miami University student Sean VanDyne were still listed in critical condition Monday. The two were taken by medical helicopter from the scene of the crash that occurred on Stahlheber Road in Hanover Township at about 10:20 p.m.
Ben Flick, a freshman offensive lineman with UC, was pronounced dead at the crash. Flick, Barr, and Harrison had attended the annual UC and Miami football game earlier in the evening.
Tammy Pfister was first on the scene of the crash Saturday. She was heading westbound on Stahlheber Road and turning onto Morman Road when she saw a flipped vehicle.
"There's a car upside down in front of the yard," Pfister reported to a 911 dispatcher. "It's upside down completely. I'm scared to go over there."
Two people were ejected from the vehicle and two were still trapped in the 2009 Chevrolet driven by VanDynes when Pfister arrived, Butler County Sheriff's Office reported.
Funeral services for Flick were still being arranged.
UC sent out a campus-wide email explaining the incident to students. They also offered grief counseling to anyone who knew Flick, a 2013 Hamilton High School graduate.
UC head coach Tommy Tuberville met with his football team Sunday evening in private.
“I can’t put into words how tragic this is,” Tuberville said Sunday afternoon. “As a father and a coach, it’s something you hope you never have to go through. Ben was so proud to be a part of this team and University. He worked hard and had shown a great deal of improvement since the summer. His future was bright. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flick family on their loss. We also hope and pray for Mark and Javon to recover from their injuries.”
Butler County Sheriff's Office indicated alcohol may have played a factor in the incident. The Butler County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team continues to investigate the cause of the crash.
Miami President Dr. David C. Hodge wrote about the tragedy on Twitter.
"@PresHodge: Our hearts go out to families of UC fb freshman killed in car crash, his 2 teammates and MU freshman Sean VanDyne in critical cond #miamioh"
Reuben Haley, a senior UC student who played football for the Bearcats, said he knew Flick and the other players injured in the crash.
"He didn't travel with the team but he still went to the game with some of the other players," Haley said while on UC's campus Sunday. "They were in the stands cheering for the team and not all the freshmen do that so that really stuck out to me as really good school spirit."
Haley said he believes the lose will bring an already tight Bearcat community closer together.
"I believe it will bring the team closer together. I feel that's what adversity does for a team. It brings them closer together. They should be able to fight through it and really help them to cherish life and everything, because you know you can't take anything for granted."
The UC community is sharing its love and support for Ben Flick and his family via Twitter. Send your message of support to Flick's family using the hashtags #rip77 and #flicknation.
9 On Your Side executive producer Ted Wilson and 9 On Your Side reporter Shannon Kettler contributed to this report.