The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

May 27, 2008

Brookfield students mourn classmate who died in crash

BROOKFIELD, SHENANGO VALLEY — Brookfield students are mourning the loss of a classmate killed Monday in a crash in Shenango Township, Superintendent Steve Stohla said.

Margaret “Maggie” Marmion, 17, of 8176 Warren-Sharon Road, Masury, died at about 1:10 a.m. at the scene in the 3900 block of Longview Road, police said.

Maggie was a junior at Brookfield High School where she was a good student and played on the basketball and softball teams, Stohla said.

“Any time you have a loss of life at any level it’s tough, especially a young student,” he said. “There’s nothing really that you can say that can make anything sound less painful.”

Stohla said he had spoken with Maggie a few times since becoming superintendent in August and saw her play sports.

Many of her fellow students have been traumatized by Maggie’s death, and counselors were made available to help with the grieving process, he said.

Maggie, a passenger, was tossed from her seat when the vehicle rolled over a hill, police said,

Seven other teenagers were hurt in the crash, police said: Seth Hipkins, 18, Ian Kelly, 19, and driver Kayla Byknish, all of Sharon; Michael Sakara, 18, of Niles, Ohio; Raquel Rust, 19, of Brookfield; and two 17-year-olds whom police didn’t name.

The teens were treated at UPMC Horizon, Farrell, and St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, police and hospital spokesmen said.

No charges have been filed, and police didn’t say if alcohol or drugs may have played a factor. A message left with Southwest Mercer County Regional police for additional comment wasn’t returned.

Stohla said one of the injured Brookfield students returned to school Tuesday.

A spring sports banquet planned for Tuesday has been postponed, Stohla said.

Administrators will excuse anyone wanting to attend Maggie’s funeral or memorial services and they have extended their help to her family if needed, he added.

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