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Auto accident claims life of Coffman senior

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Students and friends console one another after a candlelight vigil Monday, Feb. 24, at Dublin Coffman High School for Dublin Coffman student Olivia Aicher who was killed in a car accident Sunday evening, Feb. 23.

A Dublin Coffman High School student was killed in a traffic accident that also claimed the lives of two others Feb. 23.

Olivia Aicher, 17, was killed in a head-on collision that occurred about 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, on state Route 161 near state Route 38 in southern Union County, a news release from the Union County Sheriff's Office said.

Aicher, Joshua Fraley, 30, and Easton Fraley, 2, both of Mechanicsburg were pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.

Two adults, including an 18-year-old Coffman High School student who was in the vehicle with Aicher, were taken to hospitals via helicopter and a child was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in an ambulance, according to information from WBNS-10TV.

The name of the 18-year-old Coffman High School student has not yet been released.

At Coffman High School, a crisis team was on hand to help students and staff deal with the news. Counselors will be available to speak with students about Aicher's death as long as needed, information from the district said.

"Our whole building is just crushed," said Mike Ulring, Coffman High School principal.

"We are doing everything we can for staff and students and we will continue to support our Coffman family."

The district held a candle light vigil Monday, Feb. 24, to remember Aicher, a senior at the school.

"Olivia was plain and simple a beautiful person," Ulring said.

"She was ingrained in our band and choir families at Coffman making an incredibly positive impact on their lives as was displayed during the vigil last night," he said.

"She will be greatly missed, but I am hopeful she will be greatly remembered."

Aicher was very involved with activities at Coffman.

She was a member of the flag corps and choir and excelled academically and in extracurricular activities, Ulring said.

"She was a personable, popular and well-liked student by both staff and students," he said.

The traffic accident is being investigated according to law enforcement officials.

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