STRONGSVILLE, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has identified the victim in a fatal Strongsville crash that happened Wednesday night.
Kailee Mayher, 16, was a sophomore at Strongsville High School.
Police say six teenagers were in the car at the time, and of those, three other teens beside Kailee were hurt in the crash. Officers say a car went off of the street and struck a tree at 22659 Albion Road. Mayher was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday.
Strongsville police released this information after the crash:
- Driver 16-year-old Sydney Rosenthal was not injured.
- Front seat passenger 16-year-old Morgan Dabran was not injured.
- 16-year-old Katie Carroll was in the rear seat. She is being treated at Southwest General Hospital.
- 15-year-old Sarah Attar was also in the rear seat. She is being treated at Southwest General Hospital.
- 15-year-old Alyssa Collins was also in the rear seat. She is being treated at Metro.
Police said drugs or alcohol are not suspected, but they said speed may have played a role.
Thursday evening, the community pulled together to remember Kailee and offer support to the other teens involved in the car crash.
Both those who knew Kailee and complete strangers are reaching out to help.
Her friends tied green and white ribbons to Pearl Road telephone poles Thursday in Kailee's memory. They tell Cleveland 19 that Kailee ran track, was really outgoing, and she had a big heart.
Meanwhile just down the street at Castle Park, some moms who didn't even know Kailee got together to cut ribbons for her and the other teens involved in the crash.
"It really hit my heart, I saw it, it was all over Facebook this morning and the news ... I don't know the families, I don't want to overstep my bound, but I want to do something to help them out," said Kristi Eiser.
Eiser has three daughters herself. She can't even imagine what these families are going through.
"The 13-year-old keeps talking about driving and this hits home. Oh my gosh, we're just a few years away from this, this could happen to us, that's scary," she said.
The Strongsville women plan to sell the ribbons as pins and collect all of the proceeds to help out the teens who may need medical care after the crash. They hope this small gesture will bring comfort to their families.
Eiser read Cleveland 19 this heartbreaking statement from Kailee's family:
"She was a shining light, a brilliant, intelligent, beautiful girl. She wanted to be a doctor, she loved everyone. They really don't have the words right now to say anything else."
You can buy the ribbon pins for 50 cents or make a donation at Friday night's vigil. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at Strongsville Commons.
A GoFundMe account set up for Kailee's family had already raised around $3,600 Thursday night.
Strongsville City Schools released the following statement:
"As many of you may already know, on June 7th multiple Strongsville High School students were involved in a motor vehicle accident. Kailee Mayher, a sophomore, died tragically as a result of injuries sustained in this accident. A young person's death is always tragic and a loss like this can have a profound effect on students. It is important that we recognize this loss and offer help. We suggest that you talk to your children about their feelings associated with this news and observe their reaction over the next several weeks.
The following are some behaviors that you may observe and experience with your children. Regressive behavior (needing reassurance), withdrawal, aggression and expressions of anger, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, difficulty concentrating, unexplainable headaches and stomachaches, fearfulness and anxiety. To support your child through this difficult time, provide them with opportunities to talk about what has happened, normalize their reactions, reassure them about their concerns, and provide coping outlets, such as exercise, music, art, or other healthy coping strategies. There are additional resources on the Strongsville City Schools website (www.strongnet.org/Page/11714) to help as we all try to process this tragedy.
Today (Thursday, June 8th), crisis counselors from the Western Cuyahoga County Crisis Counseling Team will be available to process the news with students as needed. The team will be in the SHS media center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to support students. Furthermore, the school has arranged to have counselors available to talk with students through the beginning of next week. Please contact the SHS Guidance Department at 440-572-7103 if you need additional resources.
Finally, it goes without saying that we, the Strongsville School community, are devastated regarding the news of Kailee's death. We will all need to keep those affected in our thoughts as we move forward."
The Brunswick superintendent post the following message on Twitter.