An 18-year-old driver died in a crash in Plain Township Thursday afternoon after going too fast around a curve.
Aaron Laudermilt was driving a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria on Middlebrach Avenue when he sped around a curve and went off the edge of the road, according to the Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. When he overcorrected, the car went off the opposite edge and hit a utility pole. The vehicle then hit a large tree and turned onto its right side, coming to a stop on the front steps of a private residence.
Laudermilt was pronounced dead at the scene.
The front seat passenger, Kevin Laudermilt, 16, suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Plain Township Fire. He was then transported to Akron Children's Hospital.
Officials say both people were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Plain Local Schools released the following statement regarding the Laudermilt brothers:
Dear Plain Local Family,
It is with great sorrow that we inform you that two GlenOak students, were involved in a car accident this afternoon resulting in the death of Aaron Laudermilt and leaving his brother, Kevin in critical condition. We ask that you keep them and the Laudermilt family in your thoughts and prayers as they are needed more than ever at this time.
During difficult times like this, we must be prepared to care for and support each other as we deal with the many feelings that we begin to experience. Beginning tomorrow, we will have grief counselors available in room A111 at GlenOak High School for any students or staff who feel the need to speak with someone regarding this tragedy.
We ask that you respect the privacy of this family as we mourn this tragic loss.