A Kent State University student was killed in a car crash in Alabama Saturday.
WKYC Channel 3 News reports the Parma native, Joesph J. "JJ" Marino, 23, was a passenger in an SUV with four others when the vehicle collided with a semi-truck.
Marino was ejected from the SUV and later died from his injuries at a hospital in Montgomery, Alabama.
The truck driver was not injured. The driver of the SUV, Nader Hassen, 22, and the three other passengers, Lamar Washington, 23, Michael Willis, 25, and Joseph Noah, 22 were taken to a nearby hospital. Their conditions are not known at this time.
Kent State University released a statment saying "the Kent State community is praying for all of the students in the accident and their families."
Counselor will be available for students at the university.
The crash remains under investigation, according to Alabama troopers.
On the web: www.wkyc.com
"The university is aware of the social media report that a Kent State student has died following an accident on I-65 in Alabama. At this time, we cannot confirm that information through official channels. University officials are investigating. As soon as official information can be obtained, the university will issue a statement.
In the meantime, the Kent State community is praying for all of the students in the accident and their families. With the widespread unconfirmed story circulating on social media, we know many of our other students will be stressed. University Health Services will have counselors available for any student who needs help."