A new school year started last week for students in Lincoln County, Missouri. Nevertheless, what should have been an opportunity to welcome students back turned into an occasion for mourning. Two 16-year-old students of the district lost their lives in a car crash just days before the new school year began. The school district responded by providing counseling services for those who need them, including students, family members and staff, throughout the first week of school.
The accident occurred in the vicinity of Sunswept Drive and Missouri Route 47 last Sunday night. In addition to the driver, there were four other teenage boys in the vehicle that night. Three were 16 years of age, while the other two were 17. Reportedly, the two 16-year-old passengers who died were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. A 17-year-old boy who was not wearing a seatbelt required hospitalization for serious injuries. A second 17-year-old who did wear his seat belt sustained only minor injuries. He also received treatment at the hospital. Authorities report that the 16-year-old driver was wearing a seatbelt and sustained moderate injuries requiring transportation to the hospital.
Information is not available regarding the current condition of the three hospitalized students. According to reports, the driver hit a tree after traveling off the left side of the road, but further details about what caused him to leave the road are unknown. Reportedly, the families of the deceased students do not blame the driver for the death of their loved ones. Nevertheless, some families may receive closure from exploring legal options with an attorney.