COLLINS It was a sad day Monday at Western Reserve High School.
A former student, Michael W. Allgyre, died Sunday night from injuries he sustained as the passenger in a one-vehicle accident several hours earlier on Greenwich Milan Townline Road.
Western Reserve career-based intervention (CBI) program teacher Chuck Malone taught Allgyre in a in the student's freshman and sophomore years. He described Allgyre as a "very polite," hard working student who was "very loyal" to his friends.
CBI is a work-based program that allows students to work at the same time they are attending school.
"Pretty much our friends that he has here at the school and the staff here are going to be keeping him in our prayers," Malone said.
"It's pretty much sad anytime when someone that young is taken from us. There must be a reason. Some day we'll know."
Allgyre, 18, of 2971 Court Road, was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, Lt. Jim Bryan of the state Highway Patrol said. A medical helicopter flew the Collins man from the crash site with serious injuries to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, where a coroner ruled he died at 11:09 p.m.
The driver, Steven V. Maxey, 18, of Columbus, was heading south on Greenwich Milan Townline Road when he lost control and went off the left side of the road at 5:57 p.m., according to reports.
Maxey's 1993 Dodge Stealth hit a tree and utility pole before going airborne. The car then hit several more trees before it hit a ditch and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels on the east side of the road.
North Central EMS transported Maxey, who was using his seat belt, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries to his head and face, the trooper said.
"There was nothing indicating drugs or alcohol were related," Bryan said.
Troopers are still investigating the accident. Trooper Dan Dubelko, lead investigator in the case, said "we have a re-constructionist who will hopefully be out some time this week to work everything out."
Allgyre was a former employee of Norwalk Raceway Park and was also an automotive mechanic. Survivors include his finace, Brandi Sayler, of Collins; parents, Betsy Stombaugh, of Collins and Dwight Druckemiller, of Collins; and a sister, Monica Allgyre ,of Norwalk.
A complete obituary, including calling hours and service times, appears on page A-3.