Community rallies around Amanda-Clearcreek after student’s death

AMANDA – The Fairfield County community has rallied around Amanda-Clearcreek after one of their high school students died in a car crash this week. 

Sophia Mazgay, 17, died after a crash on Cincinnati-Zanesville Road, according to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident occurred around 11:58 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Sand Hill Road. 

According to the news release by FCSO, Mazgay was driving a 2012 Kia Sportage when her vehicle was struck by a 2000 Peterbilt dump truck driven by Steven Friend, 60, of Lancaster. 

Both Mazgay and Friend were transported to Fairfield Medical Center for treatment. Mazgay was then transported by helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, the release stated.

A makeshift memorial was created along U.S. Route 22 in Amanda after 17-year-old Sophia Mazgay was killed in a crash on Sept. 2, 2020.

FCSO Chief Deputy Alex Lape confirmed via a release Friday morning that Mazgay had passed away. 

Students at Amanda-Clearcreek High School gathered in the school’s parking lot Wednesday to console each other and to pray for Mazgay. She was a senior member of the school’s softball team and also played on the USSA Pride softball team during the summer. 

According to the Amanda-Clearcreek Athletic Booster Facebook page, they will be releasing purple balloons prior to Friday night’s football game for Mazgay. The Boosters have also created a fundraiser on their page, with money going to Mazgay’s parents. Over $21,000 has been raised as of Friday morning.

Other area high school athletic programs will honor Mazgay and Amanda-Clearcreek Friday evening in the wake of the tragedy. Lancaster High School students will gather at Ohio University Lancaster to release balloons at 7 p.m., while Berne Union encourages those attending their home game against Fairfield Christian to wear orange.

Published by Logan Weaver

News Reporter and Graphic Designer

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