HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The 18-year-old driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash that killed a University of Cincinnati football player and injured two other college students over the weekend has died.
The family of Sean VanDyne, a freshman at Miami University, announced his passing late Monday night at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Below is part of a statement issued by the family.
This is a time of great sadness for our family. Sean VanDyne, a wonderful son and loving husband, has passed away. We are grateful to the staff at UC Medical Center for doing all they could to save Sean’s life.
We loved Sean so much. He was fun to be around for all who knew him as a friend, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, grandson and great- grandson.
VanDyne's family said he was newly married to his girlfriend, Rachel, whom he had dated since the seventh grade. They wedded on Aug. 17, 2013.
“If anyone ever had a problem, they would call Sean, that’s just how he was," Rachel said of her husband.
Family members said VanDyne had plans to attend law school after graduation and become an FBI agent.
VanDyne was one of four college freshmen involved in the crash that happened on Stahlheber Road in Hanover Township at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday.
Miami University President David Hodge released a statement Tuesday saying:
"The Miami University community is saddened at the loss of our student, Sean VanDyne, and his friend, Ben Flick, a University of Cincinnati student, who were in a tragic car accident Saturday night, where two friends who were with them were also injured. We will miss them, and offer our deepest condolences to their families and friends."
"The loss of a student is so hard to bear. Sean was a member of our Miami family, and many here knew him. Our hearts go out to the many members of their families and communities who are mourning this loss together, as are we."
UC football players Ben Flick, Mark Barr and Javon Harrison were passengers in VanDyne's 2009 Chevrolet at the time of the crash.
Two people were thrown from the vehicle and two were trapped in the vehicle when officials arrived at the scene, Butler County Sheriff's Office said.
Flick, a freshman offensive lineman with UC, was pronounced dead at the crash. His family announced a visitation for Flick, 19 of Hamilton, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hamilton High School, 1165 Eaton Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 2550 Millville Ave. in Hamilton at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Barr and VanDyne were taken by medical helicopter to UCMC where they were listed in critical condition as of Monday afternoon.
Barr still remains in critical condition at UCMC. No updates on his condition were released at this time.
Harrison was also treated at UCMC. UC's athletic department confirmed Harrison was released from the hospital Tuesday.
VanDyne's mother, Lynn, said her son and Flick were longtime friends.
“Words cannot express the sense of sorrow at the unimaginable tragic loss of our son. My heart breaks for all the boys and their families, especially Ben’s (Flick). He and Sean were best friends since the 2nd grade, they were like brothers. They remain in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.”
Officials said Flick, Barr, and Harrison had attended the annual UC and Miami football game earlier in the evening.
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.
The VanDyne family is requesting friends and family refrain from posting information about their son on social media at this time. "What we need is prayer. We ask to keep all the boys and their families in your prayers."
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