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October 28, 2006

NTID student dies in crash

From: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA - Oct 28, 2006

'Very bright' Ohio man, 21, was set to graduate in February

Dolores K. Orman
Staff writer

(October 28, 2006) — A Rochester Institute of Technology student was killed in an early morning crash Friday on the New York state Thruway near Batavia.

Mark Goik, of Medina, Ohio, was driving a 1998 Chevy Blazer westbound in the town of Stafford, Genesee County, when his SUV crossed the median into the eastbound lane and struck a rental truck in the side, said State Police Sgt. John McGee.

Goik, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was alone in the vehicle.

The driver of the truck, Randolph Harris of Batavia, was not injured.

Goik, who would have turned 22 on Nov. 15, was a third-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where he was majoring in laboratory science technology, school officials said.

Officials were unsure if Goik was headed home for the weekend; he didn't have classes on Friday.

"He was very bright and very close to graduation. He would have graduated in February," said Ellie Rosenfield, associate dean of student and academic services at NTID.

She said a memorial service will be planned on campus; a date has yet to be determined.

The accident happened about 1:30 a.m., about six miles east of Batavia.

Includes reporting by staff writer Greg Livadas.

© 2006, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle