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Driver dies from crash that killed UC player, injured 2 others

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Ben Flick, photo courtesy UC Ben Flick, photo courtesy UC
Mark Barr, photo courtesy UC Mark Barr, photo courtesy UC
Javon Harrison, photo courtesy UC Javon Harrison, photo courtesy UC
Sean VanDyne, pictured with his wife Rachel, photo courtesy of family. Sean VanDyne, pictured with his wife Rachel, photo courtesy of family.
HANOVER TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

The 18-year-old driver in a crash that claimed the life of a University of Cincinnati lineman and injured two other players has also died, according to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Late Saturday night, a car crashed in Hanover Township on Stahlheber Road near the intersection of Morman Road. Investigators say that the vehicle went off the road for an unknown reason.

Emergency crews arrived to find that two of the passengers had been ejected, while the other two were still entrapped in the vehicle.

Ben Flick, 19, of Hamilton, Ohio died at the scene.

The driver, Sean Van Dyne, 18, and his two other passengers, Mark Barr, age 18, of Florida, and Javon Harrison, age 18, of Dayton, were injured in the crash. All three were flown from the crash site via medical helicopter to UC Medical Center.

Late Monday evening, a UCMC spokesperson said VanDyne had succumbed to his injuries. He would have turned 19 in October.

His family said VanDyne married his wife last month, after having dating since the 7th grade.

Rachel VanDyne described her husband as always wanting to help others. "If anyone ever had a problem, they would call Sean, that's just how he was," she said.

VanDyne was a freshman at Miami University studying business. 

"People were drawn to him. He was charismatic and funny. He loved to cook. He would cut up whatever I was serving for dinner, put cheese on it, and would always put it into a burrito shell," said mom Lynn VanDyne adding, "words cannot express the sense of sorrow at the unimaginable tragic loss of our son. My heart breaks for all the boys and their families, especially Ben's (Flick). He and Sean were best friends since the second grade. They were like brothers. They remain in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time."

Flick, Harrison, and Barr were student-athletes at University of Cincinnati.

All three were true freshman and had attended the Bearcats win over Miami earlier Saturday, but didn't dress or travel with the team due to red shirting. Barr and Harrison are both wide receivers.

Harrison was listed in fair condition and released from the hospital on Monday. Barr remains in critical condition.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville said, "As a father and a coach, it's something you hope you never have to go through. Ben was so proud to be a part of this team and University. He worked hard and had shown a great deal of improvement since the summer. His future was bright. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flick family on their loss. We also hope and pray for Mark and Javon to recover from their injuries."

Family and friends flocked to Hamilton High School Sunday night to the football field where Flick honed his skills to remember the young man.

"He was an excellent kid. He was a big jokester. But, when it came down to being serious, he could always be serious," said Joann Spradling, who helped organize the vigil.

"You were always laughing when you were with Ben. Never down. He always knew how to make you happy," said Dakota Halcom, another former teammate.

"I played football with him since 7th grade. He was a great guy. You'd always be laughing when you're around him," added Nic Spradling.

The tragedy overshadowed UC's win against Miami University on Sunday, which quickly became a distant memory of the crash.

"It hit us really hard. It's really hard to believe it. Everyone's still pretty much in shock," said Nic Spradling, a teammate of Flick's at Hamilton High School.

"It is in moments like these that we lean on our faith, our family, and our friends. We ask the media please respect our privacy and refrain from contacting us at this time. We ask family and friends to please refrain from posting information about Sean on social media. What we need is prayer. We ask to keep all the boys and their families in your prayers." VanDyne's family stated in a release.

Police say alcohol may be a factor. The Butler County S.T.A.R.T. Unit (Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team), are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

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