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2022 Mason High School grad, soon-to-be father, killed in West Chester crash

Jyan Waespe
Posted at 9:27 AM, Jun 15, 2022

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Butler County coroner has identified an 18-year-old man killed in a crash in West Chester.

The coroner's report says Jyan Waespe died of multiple traumatic injuries after a crash at the intersection of Tylersville and Butler-Warren roads around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A witness called 911 saying someone ran a red light, hitting a car trying to move forward when their light turned green. Waespe was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Officials said police detained an alleged drunk driver following the crash. The driver was released without charges pending the outcome of the investigation.

Mason City Schools confirmed Waespe graduated from Mason High School this year.

"We are making arrangements to support all our Comets in the wake of this tragedy," the district wrote in a statement. "This is a terrible loss and our hearts go out to Jyan's family and friends in what we know must be unimaginable grief."

Waespe's family said they want to remember him through photos, not by what happened Tuesday night. A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for any unexpected expenses for Waespe's family, his girlfriend Kayla and the baby they were expecting in August.

Mason High School students are on summer break, but district leaders said they are making arrangements to support all students in the wake of the tragedy.

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