Two Austin, Ind. high school students dead after crash in Scott County
The preliminary investigation shows the 2005 silver Cadillac left the road for an unknown reason, flipped and then hit a wooden fence.
AUSTIN, Ind. (WDRB) -- Two Austin, Indiana, high school students are dead after a car crash Friday morning.
They have been identified by police as 18-year-old Jacob Justice and 16-year-old Cameron Prestegui.
According Indiana State Police, three people were in the car at the time of the crash. Police say Justice was driving the car without his seat belt on and was thrown from the car. Prestegui was the front seat passenger. The third passenger in the back seat was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be okay.
The crash happened at 7 a.m. on Jack Morgan Road about a half mile north of State Road 256 in Scott County. The preliminary investigation shows the 2005 silver Cadillac left the road for an unknown reason, flipped and then hit a wooden fence. However, the investigation is still ongoing.
"The Indiana State Police crash reconstruction team -- they are here on scene," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin of the Indiana State Police. "They will be reconstructing the crash and hopefully we can find out exactly what happened."
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Family and friends of Justice and Prestegui said the teens were outgoing and always looked to make people laugh.
Scott County District 1 Superintendent Robert Anderson said extra grief counselors were brought in to help students throughout the day.
“It's important to give the kids time and we gave the kids time today to be with each other and they can tell us what they need,” Anderson said. “They're learning an awful lot today, not maybe a curriculum or a book lesson, but they're learning an awful lot about helping each other.”
This is the third tragedy to rock the school since the start of the academic year. Last month two other students were in a serious crash and have yet to return to school. And last week a popular teacher passed away from cancer.
While Anderson says these are tough life lessons, he said the students are growing stronger together.
“We've got a great bunch of kids, they're going to take care of each other and I’m sure their family and friends would appreciate your prayers,” Anderson said.
Grief counselors will be available at the school for as long as they're needed.
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