Family, friends and students are mourning the death of 2019 Rocky River High School graduate Patrick Green who died Thursday on South Bass Island in an ATV crash.
Less than a month after graduating, the 19-year-old who was the punter on the Pirates' varsity football team and was selected to the Division III All-Ohio team last fall, was pronounced dead at the scene, after the ATV rolled over, according to Put-in-Bay Police Lt. Matt Mariano.
The four-wheeled vehicle had been traveling at a high speed, Mariano said.
The ATV driver, fellow Rocky River football player Jack Ohlemacher, 18, was injured, Mariano said. No details were available on the extent of his injuries. Ohlemacher graduated with Green and played running back for the Pirates.
Mariano said that Put-In-Bay police and its fire department responded to a private residence on West Shore Boulevard close to where the crash happened about 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Green also was a member of the high school's freshman mentoring program which seniors participated in to acclimate freshmen into the school, said a group of female students who were in the group Green mentored.
"He was a leader of the school," said sophomore Kate McKeown. "Even though he was so much older than us, he made everyone feel welcome."
McKeown was among eight students with Luke Coyne, also a 2019 graduate and Green's friend and teammate who played wide receiver on the football team paying tribute to Green at the large rock at the school's entrance on Wagar Road.
The rock, which usually is painted in the school's colors by the graduating class, had been repainted Green to reflect Patrick's last name, the students gathered at the rock said.
"His impact was more than being a punter on the football team," said Coyne. Recalling the Pirate's 7-5 season last fall and their 24-17 first-round Division III playoff victory over top-seeded Clyde. Coyne said, "Patrick was the one who kept us up during the games from the sidelines."
Cleveland Browns Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was one of Green’s heroes, tweeted on Twitter a message to Patrick’s family on Saturday: “R.I.P. Pat Green of Rocky River, OH. Heard you’ve been a fan from Day 1 and I appreciate U. My sincere condolences to the Green family on their loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. LUV.”
Coyne said he heard the news about Green from his father, who had learned about the ATV crash from one of the parents of another football player.
"Pat was one of the nicest people you'd ever meet," Coyne said. "Even if you didn't know him, he could put a smile on your face. He was a good friend.”
The police called in the Ohio State Highway Patrol to investigate, Mariano said.
In the letter issued by the school district, Superintendent Michael Shoaf said that although school is not in session, a counseling team was made available for two days following the death at the high school.
Respecting the privacy of the Green family, Shoaf declined to elaborate beyond what he said in the letter.
In a tweet on Twitter Friday, Rocky River football coach Josh Wells said, “Thoughts and prayers for the Green family. It was a privilege to coach “Patty” Green the last four years. He was a great teammate and an even better person. You will be deeply missed.”
The sentiments of Charlotte Sessions, a sophomore, who also was among the group of students paying tribute at the rock on Thursday said, echoed Wells’.
"Patrick will be greatly missed,” she said.
Services for Green are Wednesday, July 3.
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