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Lauren, Kathleen Oliver, Christopher Lenzen: Teens Killed in Crash Honored, Survivor Speaks

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Rockwood School District
Christopher Lenzen.
On Thursday night, a car crash in Wildwood left three teenagers dead and a fourth injured in a tragic incident just as the new school year is beginning. The Rockwood School District, as we reported on Friday, identified the three deceased as Lauren Oliver, an eighteen-year-old graduate of Eureka High School; her sister Kathleen Oliver, a seventeen-year-old senior at Eureka; and Christopher Lenzen, an eighteen-year-old graduate of Marquette High School.

Olivia Dames, an eighteen-year-old graduate of Eureka High, survived the crash and has since spoken up on Twitter about the terrible incident that claimed the life of three of her friends.

"Lucky to be here to spread the joy and love of the three most important people to me," she said in her first tweet after the accident. "I love my beautiful angels they truly saved my life."

See also:
- Crash Leaves 3 Teens Dead: Sisters Lauren, Kathleen Oliver, Christopher Lenzen

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Rockwood School District
Kathleen Oliver.

Here are some screengrabs from Dames, who changed her Twitter bio to "My three beautiful angels how I love you so" after the incident:

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via @olivia_dames

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via @olivia_dames

And here are some heartbreaking final tweets from Lenzen who was reportedly two days away from heading off to University of Missouri at Columbia where he was planning on studying business. He would have been a freshman. Retweeted by Dames after the crash:

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via @olivia_dames

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via @olivia_dames / @ludaCHRIS33

This tweet was apparently memorialized on Friday:

Here's a poignant old tweet from Lauren Oliver that Dames also retweeted after the crash:

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via @loliverrrr

And here's another tweet from Dames to Lenzen after the crash:

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It's still unclear what exactly caused the crash, but police say Lenzen was the driver of the 2013 Infiniti G37S convertible and that the vehicle drove off of the road and ended up hitting a residence on Homestead Manor Drive in Wildwood. The two sisters were pronounced dead on the scene, police say, and Lenzen died a short while later.

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Rockwood School District
Lauren Oliver.

Watch KSDK (Channel 5)'s dispatch here from the memorial services for the three students.

The station notes these details on an official service today:

Memorial services for the Oliver sisters will be held Monday, Aug. 19 at Windsor Crossing Community Church, 112 N. Eatherton Road, Chesterfield, Mo. 63005. The visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The service will begin at 1 p.m.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin.


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4 comments
Pat Poe-Kolbow
Pat Poe-Kolbow

Thoughts and prayers to the Lenzen family and friends. To the Dames Family thoughts and prayers to their daughter that she heals from this tradegy. RIP Kathleen, Lauren and Christopher.

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Sorry this happens too often... wonder how fast Mr. Lenzen was driving the G37s convertable.?

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

WOW, such a powerful and moving story.

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