Student Driver And Instructor Killed In Crash

A stu­dent dri­ver and his instruc­tor ran a stop sign at an inter­sec­tion on Mon­day near Water­ville, and were hit by a mini­van. Both were killed in the crash.

Police say the car made no attempt what­so­ever to stop, and was knocked off the road, then flipped over, and landed in a yard.

The Ohio High­way Patrol says 16-year-old Joseph Franks was dri­ving the car while 48-year-old Thomas Smith was instruct­ing him Mon­day after­noon.

Franks was from Swan­ton, and Smith worked for Key Dri­ving School in White­house. Both were pro­nounced dead at the scene. The dri­ver of the mini­van, 48-year-old Kath­leen Woods of Swan­ton, was taken to the hos­pi­tal with non life threat­en­ing injuries.

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