Urbana teen killed in Champaign Co. crash on Ohio 235

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m. (Nov. 4)

Grief counselors will be at Graham High School through 2 p.m. after 15-year-old Sara Hess was killed Friday night in a two-car crash on Ohio 235 near Rosewell.

Hess, a sophomore, was pronounced dead at the crash scene near Shanley Road.

A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school, 7800 U.S. 36. School officials said grief counselors also will be at the school Monday.

Hess was a passenger in a 2005 Honda Accord driven by a fellow Graham student, 17-year-old Gabe Wier. He was taken in serious condition to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, then to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

School officials said this afternoon Weir was in stable condition and that he “wants everyone to know he is OK.” His family asked for no more visitors in the short-term to let him heal.

Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin identified the driver of the 1997 Honda Civic that rear-ended the Accord as 27-year-old Dylan Lambert of St. Paris. Melvin said he and his passenger, 32-year-old Clint Miller of Urbana, were flown to Miami Valley Hospital, where Miller was listed in critical condition. Lambert’s condition was unknown.

UPDATE @ 10:11 a.m. (Nov. 4)

An Urbana teen is dead after the car she was riding in was rear ended on Ohio 235 Friday night, according to the Champaign County Sheriff's Office.

Sara Hess, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash while the 17-year-old driver, Gabe Wier, is in serious condition at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney.

A preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a 1997 Honda Civic rear ended the 2005 Honda Accord both teens were riding in.

According to deputies the driver and passenger in the Civic were flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

A spokesman for Graham High School said Hess and Wier are students at the school.

"We will provide more information and ways you can support these Graham families as we are able to release it," Kirk Koennecke said.

Koennecke said grief counseling will be available at the school from noon to 2 p.m. today.

"Our thoughts are with our families and students at this time," Koennecke said.

Koennecke said the district has been in contact with the families of both students involved in the crash, including Hess' mother is a district staff member.

The school district has canceled all events scheduled for this weekend and a candlelight vigil will take place in front of the high school this evening.


One person is dead and several people were injured late Friday night after a two-vehicle crash in Champaign County.

The crash was reported around 11:10 p.m. on North state Route 235 at the intersection with Shanley Road, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

The county coroner has been requested to the scene.