A Tri-State priest who was known as a popular educator and another unfortunate event was killed in a car crash.
Father Charles Mentrup, 47, of Middletown was killed after losing control of his car while he was traveling north on I-75 just before three Tuesday morning.
Police say that Mentrup's car traveled off of the road and struck an embankment flipping the car over. During the crash, Mentrup, who, police say, was not wearing his seatbelt was thrown from the car.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Charles Mentrup was a former principal of Fenwick High School in Middletown.
Mentrup was better known as a priest who refused to testify against a man accused of stabbing him.
In 2000 a man stabbed the priest of St. Mary's church in Franklin during a confession at Mentrup's Middletown home. But the charges were dropped against the then 25-year-old suspect when Mentrup wouldn't testify against him because Catholic law prohibits revealing what happens during a confession.
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