16-Year-Old Boy Killed In Crash Near Pickerington


UPDATED: Friday June 28, 2013 5:33 PM

A teenager was killed near Pickerington Friday morning when the vehicle he was in crashed into a utility pole.

According to emergency officials, the crash occurred at Schoolhouse Road Northwest and Wright Road at about 10:30 a.m.

Officials said that 16-year-old Jacob Jolly died in the crash.

Jolly, along with two other teens, were ejected from the vehicle that hit the pole.

The others teens were seriously injured in the crash. One was transported to a hospital by medical helicopter, and another person was transported by ambulance.

Jolly attended Pickerington High School Central.

School principal Zack Howard said that Jolly was a popular student who excelled at choir and schoolwork.

"You never saw him without a smile. I know he built a lot of strong relationships with staff and students. He was just a great kid," said Howard.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Investigators said speed appears to be a factor.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said that this is the latest in a string of crashes on Wright Road where the speed limit is posted as 50 miles per hour.

"There's been a few fatalities over the past few years. I don't know why. It's a straight road, but there are some speeders on it," said resident Hilton Kunselman.

Troopers said it does not appear the occupants of the vehicle were wearing safety belts.

The two other injured teens are expected to survive. Officials did not say who was driving the vehicle.

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