Northmont senior killed, 5 teens injured in crash into pole in Dayton

A Northmont High School student was among at least six people killed in crashes over the weekend that injured another six people, including two with critical injuries.

Senior Chris Gwynne, 19, of Englewood was killed in an early Sunday crash in Dayton that sent five other teens to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries ranging from serious to minor.

The Dayton Daily News interviewed Gwynne in December about his post-high school choices.

He said he already knew he wanted to be a trucker because his uncle and cousin work in the industry and make a good living.

“Most of your time is on the road and delivering that stuff. That’s the only downside of it,” Gwynne said. “I actually know that they make good money and that’s why I like it.”

Gwynne was a passenger in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt was headed southeast on Salem Avenue around 1:35 a.m. at unknown speed when the driver lost control near Harvard Boulevard, began to rotate counterclockwise before crashing into an RTA pole, according to a Dayton Police Department crash report.

The driver, 18-year-old Kelsey Minor of Huber Heights, and 19-year-old Jalen Waldon of Harrison Twp. suffered serious injuries and an Shalyia Jenkins, 18, of Dayton, a 17-year-old Lola Wells of Fairborn and 16-year-old Deanna Williams of Dayton suffered minor injuries, the crash report stated.

Gywnne was pronounced dead at the scene.

Northmont City Schools said it is offering grief support and counselors for its staff and students.

“This is an unfathomable situation and our number one goal is to support all of our students and staff who knew Chris, as well as his family,” read a statement from the school.

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