Two high school students from Indiana died in a car accident Saturday on their way to prom.
The students were identified as Hamilton Heights High School senior Kalen Hart and her prom date, Lendon Byram, a student at Cathedral High School, according to reports.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own … due to injuries sustained in a car accident yesterday,” Hamilton Heights School Corporation wrote. “This is an unimaginable loss for these families and our school community.”
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The crash occurred around noon. 1
Byram was driving the car and Hart was a passenger, the Indianapolis Star reported. Two other passengers in the high school were in the vehicle. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
A person driving another car involved in the crash denied medical attention at the scene, reports say.
All Hamilton Heights prom activities were canceled after the fatal crash. School counselors and support staff were made available to meet with students and their families.
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“Grief is personal, and everyone experiences and treats loss and trauma differently,” HHSC said.
Alcohol and drugs are not thought to have been a factor, investigators told the Indianapolis WTHR. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Hart’s mother, Jody Bartrom Conaway, shared a fundraiser on Facebook and sought $ 15,000 to cover funeral and funeral expenses.
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“My 18-year-old daughter and her boyfriend were killed in a car accident on their way to the prom,” she wrote. “No parent should ever have to bury their child.”