UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Three 15-year-old boys died Wednesday morning after a car they were in crashed into a vacant home in University City.
The crash occurred just after 7:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of Groby Road at Mulberry Lane, located near Kaufman Park.
Police found a vehicle, a 2016 Hyundai Accent, embedded in the side of the vacant home. Corporal Dallas Thompson, Missouri State Highway Patrol, said all three teens were found dead inside the vehicle. Only the driver had been wearing a seat belt.
According to the crash report, the driver of the Hyundai was speeding and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.
The juveniles attended Ladue Horton Watkins High School. They have not yet been identified. Authorities are still notifying their families about the fatal crash. University City officials said that the teens are not residents.
The Ladue School District sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday. They will be offering counseling to teens and adults who want additional assistance.
St. Louis Alderwoman Sharon Tyus says that she owns the damaged house in University City. She was working on rehabbing the building and learned it was damaged when we reached out for comment.
“I am in shock. My heart breaks for the families,” Tyus said.
Police are asking anyone with information about this crash to come forward. Call University City Police at 314-725-2211, Ext. 8010 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-8477.
This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it comes into the FOX 2 Newsroom.
Letter sent home to school parents:
Dear LHWHS Families,
It is with deepest regret that I am sharing this news. Three of our students were involved in a fatal car crash in University City early this morning. We are honoring the families’ privacy at this time. We are working with our counseling and district crisis intervention teams to support our students and staff during this tragic time.
Our students and staff will react differently to these tragic deaths over the coming days and weeks. There is no set way for any person to grieve and process. We should expect and understand that there will be a variety of emotions and responses to what has occurred. We want each of you to know we are here to support and assist our students and families during this difficult time.
Should your child need additional assistance, we encourage them to seek support from our counselors and other adults who will be available in the Ramming Gym. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to the grieving families.
While it is only natural to question the circumstances that led to this, we are leaving the investigation in the hands of local law enforcement, and we remain sensitive to the privacy of those grieving.
If you feel your child or family needs immediate assistance, please contact me, and we will do everything we can to help you.
With a heavy heart,