Car crash: MU student in critical condition
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 02:09
Miami University first-year Sean VanDyne remains in critical condition, as of Monday night, after a single-vehicle accident on a rural, hilly road in Butler County. The crash Saturday night resulted in one fatality and two severely injured, according to Butler County Sherriff Richard Jones.
The sheriff’s office’s ongoing investigation has revealed that VanDyne was driving the vehicle, Jones said.
VanDyne is an accounting major in the Farmer School of Business and was recently married to Rachel Hildebrand VanDyne, also a first-year Miami student.
Rachel and Sean VanDyne both attended Hamilton High School, along with Ben “Big Ben” Flick, a University of Cincinnati (UC) football player who died in the crash on Saturday. VanDyne and Flick played on the high school football team and, during their time in high school, were known not only as hard-working players, but as icons in the school community, according to the team’s former head coach Bob Jacoby.
“I spent a lot of time with [Sean] in the workout room and watched him in the school community,” Jacoby said. “[VanDyne is] a highly respected kid, a very hard worker.”
In addition to being an athlete, VanDyne was elected as the Vice President of the National Honors Society (NHS) his senior year of high school. As such, Chris Napier, one of the NHS advisers, got to know him well.
“[VanDyne is] a great kid, a leader,” Napier said. “He wasn’t your quintessential jock; he put a lot of time in the classroom as well. I remember last year, we took all the [NHS] officers on a trip to Columbus and we didn’t expect him to be the one to take his homework with him, but he brought a book and read it the whole way up and the whole way back.”
In addition to his classes and his position on the football field, VanDyne worked nearly full-time at Skyline Chili all throughout high school, Napier said.
“There was nothing that Sean got that he didn’t work for,” Napier said.
Hamilton High School held a vigil for the two students on Sunday, and will host a visitation Tuesday evening for Flick from 5 to 9 p.m.
Dean of Students Mike Curme expressed his sadness at seeing the Miami community struck by this tragedy.
“The Miami community is deeply saddened,” Curme said. “We just wish there was more we could do to support the family and the loved ones involved.”