‘Definitely hit us hard;’ Two students from same school die in two months

LOGAN COUNTY — A community is mourning the death of a 17-year-old who died days after a head-on crash.

As News Center 7′s Malik Patterson reported Chloe Hodge, 17, of Bellefontaine, died early Saturday morning at a Columbus hospital from injuries sustained in a crash on Jan. 25.

“Chloe was a really good friend of mine,” Colten Corcoran, a student at Indian Lakes High School said.

Corcoran talked to Hodge about school and life frequently.

He was devastated when he found out Hodge died Saturday.

“I had a lot of mixed feelings, I was at work when I found out... I asked my manager ‘hey I need a minute.’” Corcoran said.

Logan County Sheriff Randall Dodds told News Center 7 that the person who caused the crash is currently sitting in the county jail.

So far no charges have been filed.

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They are still conducting their investigation before presenting it to the Grand Jury.

“I knew the time I did have with her in science class she was a great person,” Logan Duncan, a student said.

News Center 7 reached out to Indian Lakes High School.

The school said this is the second student death in two months.

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A spokesperson said in a statement:

“Chloe was a bright light who always wanted to help people. She was smart, funny, and always quick to lend a hand.”

The school also confirmed Hodge was an organ and tissue donor.

Stacy Vorhees, owner of a McDonald’s by the school gave back by providing lunch.

“We ended up taking lunch to the school today as an outreach to say ‘hey we love you. we’re here in the trenches with you.’” Vorhees said.

A visitation for Hodge is set for Thursday at Bellefontaine Grace Church with services to follow.

Students are asked to wear Hodge’s favorite color, Lavender, that day.

News Center 7 will continue to update this story.

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