WILDWOOD, MO (KTVI)-- The neatly wrapped and lovingly placed flowers on the marquee at Eureka High School offer only a hint of the profound sorrow felt by the students and staff following the news that three teenagers were killed in a car accident Thursday night in nearby Wildwood, including two sisters, one a Eureka senior and the other a recent Eureka graduate.
Another recent Eureka graduate survived the crash with only minor injuries.
The driver was a recent graduate from Marquette High School.
The three teens who died were Kathleen Oliver, 17, who was starting her senior year at Eureka; her sister Lauren Oliver, 18, who graduated from Eureka in May, and was getting ready to start college. Christopher Lenzen, 18, graduated in May from Marquette High School. He was supposed to leave for Mizzou Saturday.
Olivia Dames, 18, graduated from Eureka in May. She was also in the car but had only minor injuries.
Friends say she and Lenzen were a couple, and had gone to dinner Thursday night one last time before starting college.
Lenzen was driving his mother`s 2013 Infinity convertible with the top down when it veered off the road on curvy, hilly and unlit Homestead Manor Drive in Wildwood, hitting the post of a residential deck before coming to rest in the woods. All three victims died at the scene.
Police say speeding is likely a factor in the crash. There are no skid marks. Police have not said whether the victims were wearing seat belts.
All four of the teens had been very active at their schools and well known, so the impact on students and staff has been tremendous.
Extra counselors have been brought in at both high schools.
"It is very important for the kids to be together," said Eureka High School principal
Deb Asher. "They want to cling to each other and find comfort with each other so we try to support that as best as we can."
Kathleen Oliver had been a cheerleader and a member of the show choir. So had Dames.
Lauren Oliver had been on the track and cross country teams and was part of her senior class prom court and a member of the honor society.
Lenzen played basketball and baseball at Marquette.
"We have kids who are crying, we have teachers who are crying, but we are working through it and trying to be a supportive family for every one we can at Marquette," said assistant principal Dan Ramsey.
Funeral arrangements for the Oliver sisters have been made.
Visitation will be Monday at The Crossing in Chesterfield starting at 10 A.M. The funeral will be at that same church Monday at 1:00 P.M. The church is located at 114 N. Eatherton Road.
"It`s a void," said Asher, "especially this year with Kathleen. Every senior milestone
and event that we have, she`s not going to be there."
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