Jonathan Quilter | Dispatch
Five teens were inside the 1993 Saab 900S, which deputies say flipped at least once after veering off Amity Road in western Franklin County. .
Speed appears to be a factor in a crash that claimed the life of a 15-year-old sophomore at Hilliard Bradley High School on Aug. 8.
David Phillips III was one of five students in a vehicle whose driver lost control in Brown Township.
According to the Franklin County sheriff’s office, Phillips was a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle and was ejected when the vehicle flipped at least one time.
Norwich Township medics pronounced Phillips dead at the scene.
One witness to the crash called 911, said Sgt. Carl Hickey of the traffic bureau of the Franklin County sheriff’s office.
Phillips and four other Bradley students were returning to the high school for an evening session of band camp. The students had left the school together to visit another friend’s house and were en route back to the high school, Hickey said.
Investigators said Trent Andrew Burchett was driving a 1993 Saab 9005 northbound on Amity Road, north of Beach Road, in Brown Township, when Burchett lost control of the vehicle.
The accident occurred at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Burchett drove off the east side of the road and struck a fence and into a field, where the vehicle flipped at least one time before coming to a rest on its passenger side, Hickey said.
Three other passengers were identified as Joshua T. Jaccaud, 16; Ian T. Latorrie, 14; and Alex M. Stemple, 15. All three, along with Burchett, were transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Read the full story in the Aug. 16 edition of ThisWeek.