2011 Highlands High School valedictorian dies in crash

FORT THOMAS, Ky. -- The 2011 class valedictorian at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas was killed Wednesday after the vehicle he was driving was hit by a truck.

The crash happened at about 3 p.m. when police say Randy Runyan, 21, turned his vehicle from West Southgate Avenue onto Memorial Parkway and was struck by a Chevy truck driven by 19-year-old Mitch Miller of Cold Spring.

Runyan was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Runyan's passenger, his 79-year-old grandfather Robert Cowie, is in critical condition at UCMC.

Miller was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Fort Thomas with minor injuries and has since been released.

The passenger in Miller's truck, Jarrod White, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.



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