Butler County high school student dies in rollover crash that injures 4 others

A Talawanda High School freshman is dead after a rollover car crash in Indiana that also saw four other teens seriously injured.

Bryce L. Hizer, 15, was a passenger in a car that went off the road about Monday afternoon into some woods on Oxford Pike at Dorrel Road in Franklin County, Indiana.

Indiana State Police said Hizer died at the scene.


Police said the 2000 red Pontiac was driven by Zachary Ferneding, 18. Ferneding lost control of the car, which left the north side of the roadway and rolled, ejecting Ferneding from the vehicle. The car then rolled into trees, coming to rest on its top.

Ferneding was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with serious injuries.

Three more passengers, Vivian Hilbert, 16, Zachary C. Dockery, 16, and Tyler D. Heatherly, 15, all from Ohio, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Cincinnati-area hospitals for treatment, said police.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors at this time, but toxicology results are pending, said police.

Hizer lived in Oxford and attended Talawanda High School as a ninth-grader, said Holli Morrish, spokeswoman for the Butler County school system.

“We are devastated to hear this news,” Morrish said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We will have grief counselors available at the high school when classes resume Monday.”

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