NOTE: Updates will appear here as more information becomes available.

1630, 1 April: Ethan Sabay’s memorial service at Embry-Riddle will be held on Sunday, April 7th at 3:00pm in the Davis Learning Center (DLC). Directions to the campus can be found using this link:

OJ and Michael are recovering well and are expected to make full recoveries.

1745, 26 March: The Daily Courier learned today from an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman that Ethan Sabay’s vehicle was sideswiped by a vehicle traveling alongside, causing Sabay’s vehicle to lose control. The cause of the vehicle collision is currently unknown.

OJ was being prepped for surgery today as well. Michael was able to get into a wheel chair and visited OJ today.

1725, 25 March: The following information was relayed from ERAU administration: “Both Michael and OJ are in Lincoln Hospital, North. Today, OJ was moved back into Intensive care and Michael was moved out. Both have multiple fractures, cuts, and bruises. Both families are very appreciative of all the support and are with them, as are several students. We are very proud of the Embry-Riddle family.”

1950, 24 March: We have learned that all three students are in the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at Embry-Riddle. The brothers of Pi Kappa Phi have created a Facebook page supporting Ethan, Osama, and Michael with the following request:

In support of Ethan – Please wear the color RED on Monday
In support of OJ – Please wear the color BLUE on Tuesday
In support of MAC – Please wear the color GREEN Wednesday.

Facebook page:
1800, 24 March: On Saturday, March 23, 2013, at approximately 12:30pm, two vehicles were involved in a crash. One of the cars rolled at least once across Fain Road near milepost 328.

19 year old Freshman, Ethan Sabay, was a Global Security and Intelligence Studies student from Rio Rancho, NM. Ethan was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car automobile incident.

Two students were flown to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix for injuries. They are Senior Osama “OJ” Barakat, an Aeronautical Sciences major from Hendersen, NV and Sophomore Michael Mcllhenny, an Aeronautical Engineering student from Houston, TX.

According to Central Yavapai Fire District Battalion Chief Brad Davis, two other passengers involved in the incident were uninjured.

Horizons would like to acknowledge The Daily Courier, Patrick Whitehurst, and Matt Hinshaw for providing information of the events.

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Ethan Sabay will be announced soon.

The Wellness Center has group and individual counseling available to assist members of the campus community dealing with this tragic event.

You may contact the school counselors at the Wellness Center in Haas Commons or call 928.777.6653.


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