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Car accident kills winner of scholarship given in name of another crash victim

Beacon Journal staff report

PARIS TWP.: A 20-year-old Minerva man who died in a car crash Wednesday was the recipient of a scholarship awarded in the name of a fellow student who died in a car crash in 2005.

The Ohio Highway Patrol reported that Timothy J. Henderson, 20, was driving a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle when he failed to yield at a stop sign while driving north on Whitacre Avenue at state Route 172. His vehicle was struck on the right side by a 2013 Buick LaCrosse traveling west on Route 172.

The driver of the Buick, a 75-year-old Lisbon man, and his wife, also 75, were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Canton with minor injuries following the crash that occurred shortly after 11 a.m.

Henderson was a 2012 graduate of the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center and Minerva High School. He was awarded the Stephanie Thornton Memorial Culinary Art Scholarship while he was a senior in the culinary program.

The school guidance office confirmed Henderson was a Minerva High graduate and that teachers had been informed Wednesday that he had died in a crash.

Thornton, who graduated from the same program as Henderson in 2005, was killed in a car crash only hours before she was to leave for culinary college. Her parents, Lavern and Galley Brooks of Paris Township, set up the annual scholarship program.

A news report of the 2012 awards ceremony said Henderson planned to study culinary arts at Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., with the dream of becoming a chef at Disney World. Henderson was the son of Rick and Melissa Henderson.

Alcohol was not a factor and all involved were wearing seat belts, according to the patrol.


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