NH student dies in crash
A North Harrison High School senior was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash east of New Salisbury.
According to Harrison County Sheriff Nick Smith, the crash occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. near the 2300 block of S.R. 64.
“Officers learned a black passenger truck traveling west went left of center for an unknown reason,” Smith said. “The black passenger truck struck a white SUV traveling east. The driver of the white SUV was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Blake Schmidt, 18, of New Salisbury was the driver of the SUV.
“The faculty and student body at North Harrison High School are heartbroken by the loss of Blake Schmidt,” said Matt Kellems, NHHS principal. “He was a young man with a bright future ahead of him.”
Schmidt attended Prosser Career Education Center in New Albany, where he was in heavy equipment training.
The North Harrison student section donned hard hats at Friday night’s boys’ sectional basketball game at Salem in memory of Schmidt.
“The senior class met this morning to discuss how they would honor their classmate,” Kellems said Monday. “Today, we have extra counselors from the corporation as well as outside agencies and local clergy available to help any students who want or need assistance dealing with this tragic loss.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” he said.
Harrison County Coroner Jeremy McKim said Schmidt died of blunt force trauma. McKim did not know if Schmidt was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The sheriff said the driver of the black passenger truck, whom he did not identify, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville.
“More information will become available upon completion of the investigation,” Smith said.