An Indiana community is mourning after two students were killed in an accident on their way to prom on Saturday night, the school district said.
The crash was reported around 5:15 p.m. in Hamilton County, WTHR reported. According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, four teenagers were in a Honda Accord on their way to the ball in Kokomo when the car was T-boned by an SUV. The vehicles ended up in a field.
Honda driver Lendon Bryam and Kalen Hart, who was in the front passenger seat, were both killed, MP Ryan McClain told WRTV.
Two other students in the car were hospitalized with non-fatal injuries, according to the outlet.
The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, police told WRTV, and officials do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
Hamilton Heights School Corporation superintendent Derek Arrowood posted a statement on Facebook on Saturday evening explaining what had happened, adding that all prom activities had been called off.
“Nobody expects something like this to happen, and when it does, it leaves a whole community in mourning,” Arrowood said, according to WXIN. “Please keep these families and our students in your thoughts and prayers.”
Bereavement counselors and members of the school’s faith community were available to meet with students at the Elite Banquet Center – where the ball was to be held – and Hamilton Heights High School Media Center on Saturday evening.
“In a school this size, everyone is touched and in such a tight-knit community, everyone is touched,” Arrowood told WXIN.
Lendon Bryam was a student at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, ready to graduated in 2022, the school posted on Twitter.
Cathedral officials invited the community to the football field on Sunday afternoon to “come together, cry and pray.”
Jacob Cook said he witnessed the crash along with 50 other family members who gathered at a home in Arcadia to celebrate the life of a recently deceased loved one, WTHR reported. He ran to help.
“You know, when I got there… one of the vehicles, the driver was already out. So I immediately went to the other vehicle and came over and knew it was serious, ”Cook said at the point of sale.
He then called 911.
“As a father, as a member of the community, as a person who loves where they’re from… something like that, all that matters is these families… you know, parents and just losing life too young, ”Cook said, according to WTHR.
The accident is under investigation, WRTV reported. Police did not release the names of those who were injured.
Hamilton County is just north of Indianapolis.