Sandy Valley student killed in SR 171 crash

By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

WAYNESBURG -A Sandy Valley High School student was killed in a single-car crash in the early morning hours of July 6 in Carroll County.

Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said William G. Grogg, 15, of 26th St., Canton, was killed in the crash, which occurred on SR 171 (Waynesburg Rd.) just east of Waynesburg.

“The crash was so close to the Stark-Carroll County line you could stand at the scene and see the Stark County line sign,” said Williams, adding the crash occurred at about 1:30 a.m.

Williams said Grogg was a passenger in a 2007 Lincoln MKX driven by Dawn Marie Oliver, 20, of Fort Laurens Rd. NW, Bolivar. The vehicle was westbound on Waynesburg Rd. and had just passed the intersection of Knight Rd. when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway on a straight stretch. The vehicle continued through a field, came back onto the roadway, traveled off the right side of the roadway again and overturned. Grogg, a middle backseat passenger, was ejected from the vehicle.

Dr. Mandal Haas, Carroll County coroner, pronounced Grogg dead at the scene.

Ra Uf Hakiem Jr., 21, of Massillon, a front seat passenger, was transported to Mercy Hospital by EMT Ambulance. Christian Lehmiller, 14, of Mineral City, seated in the back right seat, was transported to Mercy Medical Center by Quad Ambulance. Dominick Sellers, 15, of Maple St., Waynesburg, seated in the left rear seat, fled the scene. Deputies later located him at his residence.

According to the accident report, Oliver, Braswell and Grogg were not wearing seat belts. Lehmiller and Sellers were buckled in.

Grogg, who would have been a junior at Sandy Valley this fall, was a member of the football and wrestling teams and was known by the nickmane “Chipper.”

The accident remains under investigation.

It was the fourth traffic fatality on Carroll County highways in 2017.

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