Update: Teen killed in Warren Co. crash was sophomore at Dayton Christian High School


UPDATE: Tommy Williamitis, 16, was heading northbound on S.R. 48 near S.R. 73 in Clearcreek Township in Warren County. on his way to school Tuesday morning when he crashed into another vehicle.

State troopers say for an unknown reason, Williamitis went left of center and hit an SUV head-on.

Williamitis' car was then hit by second vehicle. He did at the scene.

"We're taking measurments of the scene, photographs, we're going to try and reconstruct the crash the best we can in order to figure out what happened," Trooper Chris Crisafi with the Lebanon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

John Gredy, the head of Dayton Christian School says they got a phone call from one of the troopers at the scene letting them know Williamitis had died.

"We've been meeting with faculty. We've met with students and this as you can imagine was very distressing to students because they loved him," Gredy said.

Gredy says several local churches offered to help.

"They were here within minutes. We probably had 10-12 grief counselors on our campus meeting with students and we plan to continue that tomorrow," Gredy said.

The school already had a prayer service planned for Tuesday night.

"We're going to go ahead and hold that and of course now it's really to pray and come alongside this family, who, I can't imagine what that's like but we will be praying for comfort for the family as they work through this," Gredy said. "We expect a lot [of students and families] will be coming out to the auditorium tonight to be praying. To share thoughts about Tommy. As far as other things, we really need to work closely with the family to find out what they would like to do. We would like to come alongside them as much as we can.”

Williamitis was on the wrestling team and in the band.

Gredy says Tuesday's wrestling practice and basketball game were not canceled because of the tragedy.

"We do think it's important for people to gather, in a setting like a basketball game, where even our students can get the physical activity up because they loved him and this is hard but also you've got the commonality of the people in the stands talking and providing comfort because you have to realize this is scary for parents," Gredy said.

Another person, Terry Vandeberg, 47, from Centerville, was also seriously injured. OSP says she was flown to Miami Valley Hospital but we have not been able to get an update on her condition.

There is a GoFundMe page set up for Williamitis and his family.


CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A teenage boy on his way to school was killed Tuesday morning in a four-vehicle crash on OH-48 in Clearcreek Township.

The Warren County Coroner's Office has released the identity of the teen killed in the crash. He is Thomas Williamitis, 16, of Oregonia. The coroner says Williamitis died as the result of a head-on collision. A full autopsy will be conducted by the Montgomery County Coroner's office. The crash is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers tell FOX45 Williamitis went left of center.

The crash happened just south of Lytle Five Points Road along OH-48 and has shut down 48 in both directions.

Another person involved in the crash has serious injuries, according to OSP.

Williamitis was a sophomore at Dayton Christian High School and was on his way there this morning when the crash happened. The school released a statement Tuesday afternoon and said grief counselors will be available to help students process the news. "We know by the reaction of our students that Tommy was well loved by our student body, and was involved in band and wrestling at the school," the school wrote in the statement.

Williamitis was a former student at Lebanon Christian School. The school also released a statement Tuesday afternoon on Facebook.

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