(Massillon, Ohio) – The community is mourning the loss of a 17-year-old student following a crash last week.
According to reports, Northwest High School student, Jayci Rood of Canal Fulton, was pronounced brain dead on Monday and her organs are set to be donated. Police indicate Rood was traveling south on State Route 21 in a 2000 Honda Accord when she lost control at Lillian Gish Boulevard SW shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Friday.
The vehicle then collided with a semitrailer that was traveling north. Crash investigators explain the car spun around and was pushed back into the south lane from the motion of the semitrailer and an SUV traveling south collided with the front end of Rood’s car.
The 58-year-old driver of the SUV was unable to stop after the impact and his vehicle continued until striking a median. He was taken to Aultman Hospital with minor injuries. While it was raining at the time of the crash, it remains unclear if the weather was a factor.
The crash marks Stark County’s third automobile accident fatality between Friday and Sunday.
Rood was reportedly the granddaughter of Detective John Rood with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. The agency took to Facebook with the following message:
“With deep sadness, the SCSO has just learned that retired Detective John Rood’s 17-year-old granddaughter, Jaycie, has passed away due to injuries sustained in a car crash this past Friday. The Rood family thanks everyone for their prayers, and although this is a terrible tragedy, they believe God’s will is continuing, as well as his grand daughter’s giving ways, through the gift of life to others through her donated organs. May God Bless Jaycie and the entire Rood family.”