Northwestern Board of Education at Northwestern Elementary School. Bill Lackey/Staff

Northwestern school board member resigns after being injured in crash that killed husband

A Northwestern Local Schools Board of Education member who was injured in a fatal crash last summer has resigned.

Elizabeth “Libbee” Hastings is stepping away from the school board, according to an announcement made by the school on Wednesday.

“Due to a disability, Libbee Hasting has resigned from the Northwestern Local Schools Board of Education effective today. Mrs. Hastings’ term in office was scheduled to end on December 31, 2019,” the announcement states.

“The Board of Education sincerely thanks Libbee Hasting for her years of dedicated service to our students, community and staff.”

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Hastings was critically injured in a Miami County crash on June 30, 2018. Her husband, 54-year-old Dan Hastings, was killed in the crash. Miami County Sheriff’s deputies said the crash happened on Ohio 571 near Ohio 201.

The three-vehicle collision happened at about 5:45 p.m. as Dan Hasting drove westbound on Ohio 571. Hasting slowed for a truck painting white lines when his Honda CR-V was rear-ended by a Dodge Caravan driven by Charles Robbins, deputies said.

Robbins was charged in the crash but has since died.

The Hastings are the parents of country music singer Kate Hasting of the band Hasting & Co.

The remaining board of education members have 30 days to fill the vacancy. The newly appointed board member will serve through Dec. 31.

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“Citizens interested in being appointed to fill the unexpired term should submit a resume and letter of interest to the attention of the treasurer, Northwestern Schools, 5610 Troy Road, Springfield, OH 45502 by June 13, 2019 at 3 p.m. The Board of Education anticipates interviewing the applicants on Monday, June 17 beginning at 6: p.m.,” the announcement states.

To be a school board member, a resident must be at least 18, live in the district and be a registered voter.

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