TROY — The victim in a Monday afternoon crash that left a Troy man dead has been identified by the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol as Zachary Schwausch, 19.
The crash occurred around 6 p.m. Monday when, according to Lt. Joe Gebhart of the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Schwausch was northbound on Interstate 75 when he failed to stop for slowed traffic ahead. His vehicle slammed into the rear of a semi-trailer.
Schwausch was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gebhart said that there were no aggravated circumstances involved with the crash.
Schwausch was a 2018 Troy High School graduate. He played varsity football for the Trojans his junior and senior year at THS as a linebacker and defensive tackle, according to Troy City Schools Communications Director David Fong.
Troy football coach Dan Gress said the THS football team remembers Schwausch for his big heart.
“The Troy football team mourns the loss of Zack and holds his memory tight to our hearts,” said Troy football coach Dan Gress. “We will remember Zack for his dedication, work ethic and the great teammate he was, but most importantly for his caring and loving heart that made this world a better place.”