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UPDATE: Crash claims Richwood teen

UNION COUNTY — A Richwood teenager headed to school Wednesday morning reportedly died as a result of a tragic two-car crash in Claibourne Township.

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This car was one of two vehicles involved in a crash Wednesday morning in Union County that claimed the life of 17-year-old Jaycob R. Fox of Richwood. (Photo courtesy of the Marysville Journal-Tribune)

According to the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at 8:10 a.m. that day driver Jaycob R. Fox, 17, was traveling northwest on Route 37, nearing a right curve in the road near the Claiborne Cemetery at the intersection of Bethlehem-Claibourne Road.

Fox reportedly lost control on the curve and his 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier slid sideways into the oncoming lane.

Driver Jennifer N. Griffith, 29, of Richwood, was traveling southeast on Route 37 at the time in a 2009 GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle. The front end of her vehicle struck the passenger side door of Fox’s Chevrolet Cavalier.

According to Union County Coroner Dr. David Applegate, Fox received severe injuries in the collision, although he was wearing his seatbelt at the time.

“I am not aware of any texting involved,” he said.

The OSP reported Fox was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County by Northern Union County EMS.

Applegate said Fox was pronounced dead by 9:40 a.m.

Griffith received non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Marion General Hospital by Northern Union County EMS.

North Union High School superintendent Dr. Rick Smith, who is currently out of the state, said this morning that his crisis response team was initiated Wednesday to help students. Many of the teenagers are out of classes because of the Richwood Fair going on this week, he said, but guidance counselors are available to help students deal with the tragedy.

Smith said both Fox and Griffith are involved in the North Union High School program, as Griffith is a parent of a student. He also understood Fox was headed to school that morning when the crash occurred.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with both families,” he said.

Smith said he expects the senior class will be setting up memorial activities in Fox’s honor.

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