Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Teen dies in Carroll County crash
By Courtney Kinney
Post staff reporter
A Villa Hills teenager, just weeks from starting his senior year at Dixie Heights High School, was killed in a single-car accident in Carroll County over the weekend.
Andy Mistler, 17, died at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton early Saturday, about 90 minutes after his car struck a tree on Ky. 389, Kentucky State Police at Dry Ridge said.
Mistler was southbound just south of English when his car left the right side of the roadway, police said. He apparently overcorrected, crossed both lanes of the road and struck a tree, police said. The car overturned, police said.
No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. Mistler was wearing a seatbelt, police said.
The teen's parents, Greg and Michele Mistler, and other friends and family talked to The Post through a relative Sunday night. Family gathered at the Mistler home in Villa Hills Sunday and described Andy as a smart and caring kid with a penchant for people, computers and art.
"He was sensitive, caring and compassionate," said an uncle, Guy Linnemann, who spoke on behalf of the family.
"He was so full of life this past year," Linnemann said. "He made so many friends."
Mistler was gifted in art and poetry, Linnemann said, and he was a "computer whiz -- a computer genius."
Mistler did computer work for everyone from his grandfather to his former grade school -- St. Joseph's in Crescent Springs.
He always looked out for the underdogs and "was very intense about his love for other people," Linnemann said. He was excited about starting his senior year at Dixie Heights and was considering studying psychology at Northern Kentucky University when he graduated, Linnemann said.
Mistler worked at LaRosa's in Crescent Springs.
i found out about this saturday night with beth and kathryn, his ex girlfriend of a year and a half. bridgette was coming up to stay with him on thursday. i hadn't really seen andy in a few years, but it still tore me up when i read that. i had a huge crush on him in seventh grade, he was the only goth kid i knew then, and he lived a few streets away from me for 13 years. i wish i was still in town to go to the funeral tomorrow but i couldn't stay, and i doubt it would've done anyone any good, as i'm not much for consoling people. it was really errie that we found out about his death when we did because colleen and beth and i had been wondering how he was doing and who he was with that same day. i just hope kat is ok, the two didn't exactly have a good breakup, and she takes things hard.