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Fatal Accident in West Price Hill

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- A private prayer service was held Monday to remember two young men killed in recent crash. Students, teachers and staff at the College of Mount St. Joe are mourning after learning of the deaths of 22-year-old Michael Tepe and 22-year-old Tyler Stiles. Local 12 News reporter Adam Clements has new information on the crash.

Any time you have something like this happen on such a small campus, a very tightknit community, it's going to have a major impact. That's certainly true at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Police say Tyler Styles was driving north on Covedale Avenue in West Price Hill when he lost control of his car, crossed the center line and hit a car head on, Sunday. Stiles and his passenger, Michael Tepe were pronounced dead on the scene. Police believe Stiles was speeding when he crashed and that alcohol was involved.

Tepe played on this year's football team at Mount St. Joe. He's from Springboro. Styles is a former player from Amelia.

The driver of the car they hit, 63-year-old Michael Riggs was transported to the UC Medical Center along with his wife, Margaret. Michael Riggs has since been released. Margaret is still in the hospital, where she's said to be stable.

Mount St. Joe head football coach Rod Huber says this is a tremendous loss for the entire Mount St. Joseph community. "I want to thank the entire Greater Cincinnati community because this is a small campus. These kids all know each other. We don't have 30 thousand kids like UC. These guys were respected by their peers, loved by their coaches, loved by the families and loved by their teammates and they will be missed deeply."

Coach Huber has been through this  before, when he lost his son 9 years ago. Tyler Stiles was his best friend growing up in Amelia, that's why he chose Mount St. Joseph, to play for coach Huber.

A balloon release in honor of the crash victims is scheduled for four p.m. Monday afternoon at  Schueler Field. It is open to the public.


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