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Teen dies in wreck

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By The Staff

A Grant County teen died on Monday, Jan. 28 and his passenger suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Fork Lick Road in Corinth.

Jacob Sargent, 17, of Berry stopped to pick up a friend, Duke Mitchell, before the pair headed to classes at Grant County High School. Shortly before 8 a.m., Sargent lost control of his father's 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac as it was traveling westbound toward Blanchet Road.

"Evidence shows that Jacob went off the left side of the road, overcorrected and then went off the right side. The vehicle started into a slide and started to overturn when it struck a tree," Sheriff Chuck Dills said.

Sargent was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mitchell, 16, of Corinth was flown by helicopter to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Dills said it appeared the SUV was traveling faster than the posted speed limit of 25 mph.

"On this narrow roads, like Fork Lick, it is so important to stay at the speed limit or below," Dills said.

Sargent was wearing a seat belt while Mitchell was not, according to Dills.

Deputy Dennis Switzer is investigating the accident, assisted by deputies Andy Reeves and Rick Kells.

Both Sargent and Mitchell are members of the junior class at GCHS.

"Jacob was well liked and always loved to help people, both out of church and in church," his father, Noble Sargent, said.

Jacob was a founding member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dry Ridge and the JROTC at Grant County High School. He also enjoyed hunting and riding four-wheelers.

After school officials learned about the accident, grief counselors were made available for students and staff.

"He was a great kid," Nancy Wilson said as she comforted her daughter, Taylor Niceley. "He and Taylor were good friends and they exchanged text messages eight to 10 times a day. He picked Taylor up after the homecoming dance on Jan. 26.

"He didn't go to the dance because he had to work," she added.

Jacob worked at Taco Bell in Richwood.

Noble Sargent said his son was talking about joining the military or following in his footsteps in the construction trade.

"I'll miss everything about Jacob," said Sargent. "There wouldn't be a thing I would change."