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Fatal crash driver identified, Ohio State student survivor making recovery

Lauren Kane, one of the survivors of the car accident in Ebro, Fla., that killed two Ohio State students, has had a rougher ending to spring break than most, but it’s almost time for her to come home.
“She’s doing pretty well,” said Roslyn Kane, Lauren Kane’s mom. “She’s got some pain and all.”
Roslyn Kane was with her daughter at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla., in her room Thursday night when The Lantern talked to her.
“She’s had her share of everything, but she’s having bad headaches,” Roslyn Kane said.
But once the headaches die down, she said, her daughter is coming home.
Lauren Kane, a fourth-year in biology, was one of four passengers that crashed Saturday on the way home from spring break in Panama City.
OSU students Courtney Miller and Brittney Gallagher died at the scene.
According to the Associated Press, Miller was driving the car when it drifted into oncoming traffic and collided with a pickup truck. The Florida Highway Patrol originally reported Gallagher as the driver when really she was the front seat passenger.
Another OSU student, Diana Mitchell, was taken to the hospital in critical condition after the crash.
The Plain Dealer reported that Mitchell was discharged Monday afternoon from Bay Medical Center.
OSU President E. Gordon Gee said from his Facebook account Sunday night that he was “so very saddened to learn of the tragic car accident in Florida this weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and loved ones of all those involved.”
The driver of the pickup truck and all passengers were taken to the hospital, according to the AP report.
Authorities said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.


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