The student who died in a fiery crash Sunday afternoon in Champaign County was the president of the West Liberty-Salem High School band.
Devin Marchal, 16, was a fun-loving student who others enjoyed being around, West Liberty-Salem Superintendent Kraig Hissong said.
“Devin was a kid who really enjoyed life,” Hissong said. “He was very positive, had a great personality. He was a leader and president of our band. He was just somebody who could bring a lot of fun and joy to the other students he was around. That is the way we will remember him the most.”
Emergency crews arrived at the scene of a truck fully engulfed in flames in the 3800 block of U.S. Route 68, north of Urbana around 3:15 p.m.
Marchal was driving a 1999 Honda Accord and was traveling southbound on U.S. 68 when he drove left-of-center striking a 2002 Chevrolet truck driven by 48-year-old Tressa Wright, according to a release from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.
Several passersby helped to rescue Wright from the truck after the crash.
Wright was transported to Grimes Airfield in Urbana, where she was flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. She is in fair condition.
The accident remains under investigation by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.
West Liberty Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.
Marchal was a junior and member of the marching band and choir, according to social media posts offering condolences to his family and the school community.
West Liberty-Salem Local schools started an hour later Monday morning because of the death, Hissong said.
“We used the one-hour delay to basically meet with staff, give them an opportunity to prepare for students for today and also to give them some very basic information about what occurred, and so far it’s been helpful,” he said. “We also used the time to work on strategies for the children that are having a more difficult time dealing with the loss of Devin.”