Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Mason senior wrestler dies in two-vehicle wreck on I-75


James Horning thrown from truck

By Jennifer Edwards
Enquirer staff writer

MASON - An 18-year-old Mason High School senior who was a captain of the wrestling team and loved studying electronics was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday.

James Victor Horning was thrown from his pickup truck after it collided with a car on rain-slick Interstate 75 in Lockland near the Shepherd Lane exit about 7 p.m., police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt and neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor, Lockland Police Chief Mike Murphy said Tuesday.

Experts were still working Tuesday to reconstruct the accident to determine what happened.

Horning is one of nearly two dozen teens killed in car accidents this year in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

On Tuesday, grief counselors were at Mason High School and Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus in Sharonville, where Horning studied commercial and residential electricity, school officials said.

Horning earned the highest grades in his electronics class this semester and was a two-time qualifier for district competition in wrestling. He also was a volunteer youth wrestling coach.

"It is a very sad day for us," said Shelly Hausman, Mason High's spokeswoman. "Teachers, coaches, students, everyone who came in contact with him is certainly feeling his loss right now.

"It's a tough day," she said.

A group of wrestling parents, students and coaches released a written statement Tuesday, saying Horning's legacy would be celebrated and missed.

"The Mason wrestling family lost one of our own last night. It's important to us that everyone knows and remembers James Horning," the statement read. "He was a beloved teammate and loyal friend.

"James had made great improvement, and was looking forward to a senior year of great accomplishments and senior leadership.

"His fellow senior captains have dedicated the 2004-05 season to his memory. We love you, James, and we'll miss you."

At Scarlet Oaks, Horning was remembered as "a friend to all," said Nancy Mulvey, campus dean.

He was eager to further his education in electronics by working as an apprentice this spring.

"He loved electricity," said his instructor, Dave Spears. "He was working very hard so that he could get a good placement this spring.

"He was an excellent student. He is so dearly missed. He was such a genuinely good person."

He was the kind of kid to turn a bad situation into good, Mulvey said.

"That's why they always appreciated him in class. He was always the cheerleader," she said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

E-mail jedwards@enquirer.com.




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