March 19, 2012 in News
A Medina teenager was killed Friday in a one-vehicle crash in South Carolina while on spring break.
Jakob Von Der Vellen, 19, of Medina, was a passenger in a 2005 Mazda sedan driven by Vincent A. Donofrio, 20, of Canfield, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Trooper Billy Elder said Donofrio was northbound on I-77 near mile marker 73 when he drove off the right side of the road, striking several trees.
York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said Von Der Vellen died at the scene of the crash.
Elder said Donofrio was taken to the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., but a hospital spokeswoman said there was no record of him in their system.
The crash is still under investigation and it is not yet known if the men were wearing seat belts, Elder said.
Von Der Vellen was a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and was an “active volunteer in numerous campus and charitable organizations,” according to his obituary.
The university’s Greek life community’s Facebook page said counselors and chaplains would be available for students and staff as they return from spring break today.
According to the post, Donofrio is also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Von Der Vellen was the son of Kent and Kimberly Von Der Vellen, of Medina.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Martyrs Parish in Medina.
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