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Kent State student killed in Alabama accident

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A two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon claimed the life of a Parma, Ohio, man and injured four others.  

The crash occurred on I-65 northbound.  

Joseph J. Marino, 23, was killed when the 2001 Ford Escape that he was a passenger in collided with a 2002 Freightliner driven by John Purifoy of Ashville.  

Marino was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  

Marino died today from his injuries at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. Purifoy was not injured.  

The driver of the Ford Escape was Nader Hassen, 22.

Hassen and his three other passengers -- Lamar Washington, 23; Michael Willis, 25; and Joseph Noah, 22 -- also were transported to Baptist South for their injuries.

Marino was a student at Kent State and the school released the following statement:

Kent State released the following statement:

"The Kent State community is sad to learn of the passing of Joseph J. ("JJ") Marino, one of our students, following a car accident in Alabama. We express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, many of whom showed their love and support for him on social media.

The Kent State community continues to pray for all of those involved in the accident and their families. Counselors are available through University Health Services for those who need support during this difficult time."

No additional information is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

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