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Loyola Student Dies in Car Crash in Cleveland

ctia.orgA car driving the wrong way on the highway collided with the car carrying Cidney Thomas and three others.

Cidney Thomas, a junior at Loyola, died after a car crash while she was at home in Cleveland, officials said. 

Thomas was in a Toyota Corolla with three others on Interstate 90 on August 4 at about 11:45 p.m. when a 54-year-old man drove his Honda Civic the wrong way onto the highway and collided with the Toyota, according to Sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia of the Cleveland Division of Police. 

Thomas, 20 years old, the driver of the Toyota, 19 years old, and the driver of the Honda died as a result of the crash. The other passengers in the Toyota, two 19-year-old women, suffered critical injuries, Ciaccia said.

Ciaccia said alcohol may have been a contributing factor with the driver of the Honda, although the incident remains under investigation. 

Thomas was majoring in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and spent her past semester at the John Felice Rome Center, according to an email sent to the Loyola community from Campus Ministry. 

The email described Thomas as having a “contagious smile” and “positive attitude toward fellow students and others.” 

Emily-Paige Taylor, a current PhD student and Thomas’s discussion leader in a history class last fall, said Thomas was a “leading voice” in class. 

“She was confident when speaking in class and had firm opinions, yet welcomed debates,” Taylor said in the email from Campus Ministry. 

Thomas will be honored at a wake and funeral service Wednesday at Fellowship Church of God in Bedford, Ohio. Condolences may be sent to her family on the Calhoun Funeral Home website

An email from Campus Ministry notifying the community of Thomas’s death offered resources for Loyola community members. On Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, Wellness Center (773.508.2530) and Campus Ministry (773.508.2200) staff are available to assist students individually.

On the Health Sciences Campus, University Ministry (708.216.3245) and Student Affairs (708.216.3220) employees are available for those seeking resources or counseling, the email stated. Perspectives is available at any time by calling 800.456.6327. For online resources, go to SAPlogin.perspectivesltd.com and enter username: LUC500 and password: perspectives.

Cidney Thomas, a junior at Loyola, died after a car crash while at home in Cleveland, officials said. 

Thomas and three others were driving a Toyota Corolla on Interstate 90 on the night of Aug. 4. A 54-year-old man drove his Honda Civic the wrong way onto the interstate at about 11:45 p.m. and collided with the Toyota, according to Sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia of the Cleveland Division of Police.

Thomas, 20, the driver of the Toyota, 19, and the driver of the Honda died as a result of the crash. The other passengers in the Toyota, two 19-year-old women, suffered critical injuries, Ciaccia said.

Ciaccia said alcohol may have been a contributing factor with the driver of the Honda, although the incident remains under investigation. 

Thomas was majoring in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and spent her past semester at the John Felice Rome Center, according to an email sent to the Loyola community from Campus Ministry. 

The email described Thomas as having a “contagious smile” and “positive attitude toward fellow students and others.” 

Emily-Paige Taylor, a current PhD student and Thomas’ discussion leader in a history class last fall, said Thomas was a “leading voice” in class.

“She was confident when speaking in class and had firm opinions, yet welcomed debates,” Taylor said in the email from Campus Ministry. 

Thomas will be honored at a wake and funeral service Wednesday at Fellowship Church of God in Bedford, Ohio. Condolences may be sent to her family on the Calhoun Funeral Home website

An email from Campus Ministry notifying the community of Thomas’s death offered resources for Loyola community members. On Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, Wellness Center (773.508.2530) and Campus Ministry (773.508.2200) staff are available to assist students individually.

On the Health Sciences Campus, University Ministry (708.216.3245) and Student Affairs(708.216.3220) employees are available for those seeking resources or counseling, the email stated. Perspectives is available at any time by calling 800.456.6327. For online resources, go to SAPlogin.perspectivesltd.com and enter username: LUC500 and password: perspectives.

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