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Wildwood Crash Leaves 3 Teens Dead: Sisters Lauren, Kathleen Oliver, Christopher Lenzen

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Rockwood School District
Lauren Oliver.
Three teenagers are dead after a tragic car crash in Wildwood, police and school officials are confirming this morning.

A Rockwood School District spokesman tells Daily RFT that the deceased are: 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. A fourth student, Olivia Dames, an eighteen-year-old graduate of Eureka High, was injured.

Bryan Ludwig, St. Louis county police lieutenant, tells us that police got a call at around 9:40 p.m. yesterday for a crash at the 18000 block of Homestead Manor Drive in Wildwood. The accident was a single-vehicle incident involving a 2013 Infiniti G37S convertible with the top down, he says.

Police believe Lenzen was the driver.

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Rockwood School District
Chris Lenzen.

The vehicle left the roadway while traveling southbound and struck the side of a residence backyard deck. The vehicle, Ludwig says, came to rest in a wooded area behind the house.

The accident is still under investigation. Ludwig says he believes the sisters were pronounced dead on the scene and the male was transported and later pronounced deceased.

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Rockwood School District
Kathleen Oliver.

"Our hearts are breaking for the families of these young people," Kim Cranston, chief communications officer with the Rockwood School District, tells Daily RFT. "Today, many people in the Rockwood School District are grieving. These were outstanding young women and a young man, and we are so sorry for the loss of their lives."

Lenzen, she says, was an "outstanding athlete" who played varsity basketball for four years and varsity baseball for three years.

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Rockwood School District
Olivia Dames, who was injured in the crash.

"Both of the young women who died in the crash were also very involved in their school," she continues, citing cheerleading, cross country and show choir as some of their many activities.

"Our focus is on supporting our students and staff as they process this tragedy," Cranston says, noting that they have additional counselors available working with students.

"Right now," she says, "it's really absorbing the shock."

The students, she says, were role models and involved in a variety of teams. "Those teams are like second families, lots of very close and deep relationships."

She adds, "We're supporting each other and grieving."

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36 comments
shitstain
shitstain

Does anyone know if they damaged the deck? Those things are expensive...........

James Madison
James Madison

True for 16-17 year olds. At 18, one becomes an adult. Stop treating some adults as inferior to others. We all have the same rights. (Drinking does not apply since drinking and driving is already illegal for all ages.)

James Madison
James Madison

So what's the weather like? Is that what we should be discussing? The discussion should be about the article. Wild accusations should be avoided.

Bill Bernickus
Bill Bernickus

True. But additional restrictions for young/inexperienced drivers aren't a bad thing.

James Madison
James Madison

too much car for an 81-year old. It is not his age, but the experience level that matters. Some 18 year olds have plenty of time and education with sports cars. Some do not. A 30-something is not blessed with the skills either. Everyone has to learn, regardless of age.

James Madison
James Madison

It is a huge tragedy for the two families and close friends, but we ought not let them to die in vain. There is a lesson for all drivers, of all ages, obey the speed limit signs. It is not just your life, but the lives of your friends. And thankfully, no other innocent lives were killed. My heart goes out to the families. Devastating loss. I read the sister's post, and the family's Faith with keep them strong to endure. SLOW DOWN OUT THERE!

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

I'm from Barnhart, that's a very different area. You're just an asshole. I hope this never happens to your kids so you don't have some internet genius questioning everything they did and how they died. Get a clue

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Would you be this upset if these kids were from a different area? I will go ahead and answer that for you, no you wouldn't.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Actually I am and I am being realistic. These kids were being reckless and like I said they could have easily killed someone.

nibblez_on_puddin
nibblez_on_puddin

How terribly tragic. To lose a child is one of the most horrific things that a parent could ever imagine let alone losing two at once. Accident is defined as an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss;  This ACCIDENT is truly heartbreaking and despite who's fault it is people are hurting. Sometimes tragedy just happens, placing blame isn't going to bring these children back to their parents and loved ones. Its a shame that people can't just have empathy without judgement or even just show a little tact in such a situation. I hope that those of you who have reacted to this story with malice never have to endure such pain and can really get in-touch with the more human side of yourselves.  

Vicky Willhelm
Vicky Willhelm

What a ridiculous statement that is! You must not be a parent, just shut up!

Bill Bernickus
Bill Bernickus

WAY too much car in the hands of an 18-year old...

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

Oh I'm sorry, you must be the saint that's never done anything wrong. If your idea of speeding makes kids bad you need a real reality check on society today.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Good kids? They were speeding and could have easily killed someone.

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

^ What a douche bag question! 3 good kids died and their families are devastated.

Wayne Cardosi
Wayne Cardosi

Do you know the blood results of the driver? Did the survivor recall what happened? Is there something to learn from the incident?

Sue Stepanek
Sue Stepanek

nothing worse then losing a child. Peace to these families....

bizniche28
bizniche28

That house / deck are right after a curve, to clip that deck it looks like they pretty much went straight off the road.

Wow, last date before heading to college, tragic.  Very sad.

Debbie Arnold Dees
Debbie Arnold Dees

I did read it. I know the facts... Lena. I just don't think it's necessary to talk about at a time like this...

Debbie Arnold Dees
Debbie Arnold Dees

Steve, I get that they posted it. I just don't think conversation needs to be had about it.. while families are grieving.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

it says in the story what car they drove and somehow i'm a monster for cutting and pasting it into this thread.

Lena Wheat
Lena Wheat

U should know people are too lazy to actually read shit before they run their mouths Steve!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

debbie...maybe actually click on that link up there...the RFT pointed out what kind of car they drove. if it made a difference to the RFT...they figured it would matter to the people that wanted to find out more about what happened. an 18 year old kid driving THAT kind of car at 9:30 at night is a bad, bad, bad idea.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"What is wrong with some of you? What difference does it make to YOU what they drove? " lmao. ummm...they posted in the story...so...somehow i'm a jerk for posting on this thread a fact directly from the story. do you have a lot of cats there at the house, debbie? jesus, people are stupid.

Debbie Arnold Dees
Debbie Arnold Dees

What is wrong with some of you? What difference does it make to YOU what they drove? Is it really the time to talk about if they were driving too fast or what was involved? Letting the family and friends grieve sounds like the best option for all involved. RIP beautiful children.

Jessi Anderson
Jessi Anderson

This is so sad...I'm so sorry for their families!

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

That's terrible. I feel bad for their families.

Lena Wheat
Lena Wheat

Duh it didn't happen in the city dumbass

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

wow,no mention of how fast they were going,if drugs or alcohol were involved or if the car was stolen,,,,,,,clearly this did not happen in the city

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"The accident was a single-vehicle incident involving a 2013 Infiniti G37S convertible" says it all. 18 year old boy showing off to impress a bunch of girls.

sdarrough59
sdarrough59

@Ray Thomas omg shit does not  just happen the city... Lindbergh HS has had their share of deaths in the last ten years. 

ahughes80
ahughes80

This article is on the Post Dispatch website too, but more descriptive.  Both girls were pronounced dead on scene, the male died prior to transport.  No alcohol or drugs were involved. 

thelphq
thelphq

@Steve Mincer  do you know this for a fact, or are you just being a dick (ie. yourself).  Nice profile photo by the way.  First class douchebag transport.

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