Ohio College Student Dies in Autauga Co. Returning from Spring Break


By Heather VacLav

Alabama State Troopers say a 23-year old Parma, Ohio man died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate-65 in Autauga County. According to Kentwired.com, the man killed, Joseph J. Marino, was a senior student at Kent State University. The student news website reports he was in a car with other students returning from spring break.

According to Troopers, the 2001 Ford Escape Marino was a passenger in collided with a 2002 Freightliner driven by John Purifoy of Ashville.
Troopers also say Marino was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Marino died Sunday from his injuries at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. Purifoy was not injured.  

The driver of the Ford Escape was Nader Hassen, 22. Hassen and his three other passengers -- amar Washington, 23; Michael Willis, 25; and Joseph Noah, 22 -- also were transported to Baptist South for their injuries. 

No additional information is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

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