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Teens killed in Will County crash identified

The four teens killed in a car crash in Will County have been identified.

According to the Will County Coroner, 15-year-old Cody Carter, 14-year-old Matthew J. Bailey, 15-year-old Micalah E. Sembach and 17-year-old Cheyenne Fender were killed when the car they were in plunged into a creek.

All four teens are from Wilmington.

Their car was discovered in Forked Creek on Ballou Road at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. A guard rail on the road appears to have been knocked down. It also appears the creek was swollen with melting snow, and the small bridge over the creek may have been underwater or at the very least icy and treacherous.

They left their homes Monday evening, and at about midnight, one of them was reported missing.

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13 Comments to “Teens killed in Will County crash identified”

    Illinois_Mom said:
    March 12, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Why did the parents of these teens let them ride with 4 in the vehicle and the driver was only 17 years old? I thought the law was one occupant allowed not 3 passengers. My son rides with one person or he doesn't go period, end of story.

      Joan said:
      March 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Obviously if they left at midnight I’m sure their parents didn’t know. Teenagers can be difficult.

        bob said:
        March 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        the parents were looking for them earlier that night. they couldn't report it till later.

      Donna said:
      March 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      is this really the message you want to give to grieving parents at a time like this? Shame on you!

    Illinois_Mom said:
    March 12, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    This is not the only story within the last few days in this country of multiple deaths concerning teenagers. One was in Ohio and one in Texas. As adults, we need to do all we can to keep multiple young people out of vehicles that have young drivers. We can always say no to them with who they are riding with and they will get mad at us. They will also get over being mad, but they will more than likely still be here too. I am tired of all the legislation to push for drivers license until 18 years of age. A lot of responsibility is on other parents on knowing who and how many are riding in who's car too. Parents have to parent and not let so many ride in one vehicle any time of the day or night when there is a young driver behind the wheel. May all of the victims of all three terrible accidents the last few days RIP.

    Teacher and Mom said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Big shocker. Teenagers often do things that their parents forbid them to do. It's possible that the parents didn't "let" them do this.

    Joan said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Many people don't realize how slick the roads can be after midnight. When it has been raining the days before and freezes over in the early morning hours. It can be very deceiving after driving during the nice sunny days.

    cara beth said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Where the hell were these parents? And why was only one reported missing. Don't these parents know where their kids are? And on a school nite.

    Joan B said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    The story states that the kids left Monday evening….About midnight one of the kids were reported missing. They didn't go out at midnight. It's terribly sad that this happened. My thoughts and prayers to the families and friends.

    KImL said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    @JoanB glad you read it like that too. I was trying to figure out where they were getting they left at 12am. It is such a horrific story. I have a teenager that has a permitt and the last few days makes me NOT want them to go take the test. God Bless these families nation wide for these tragic events.

    nklpls said:
    March 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    the story is misleading…the children were at school that afternoon then went out after school, one girl was to be home by 5:00 pm but never made it home so the parents started a search for her. these kids did not sneak out of their homes. the accident most likely took place after school. we can't always blame the parents these kids could have been going home from hanging out for a bit after school. reading the news and no alchole was discovered so i'm gonna say this may have been a freak accident and not one that the kids were being irresponsible.

    ELIZABETH K said:
    March 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    OK LOOK THE PARENTS ARE GRIEVING OK WE RELAY SHOULD NOT BE POSTING SHIT LIKE THIS I MEAN COME ON THINK IF IT WAS UR CHILD U WOULD BE TALKING DIFFERENT IT WAS AN ACCIDENT ALOT OF THOSE HAPPEN DURING WINTER AND NO THE LAW STATES THAT U HAVE TO HAVE UR DL MORE THEN 1 YEAR FOR U TO HAVE PASSENGERS SO EVERYONE LET THEM GRIEVE AND STOP PUTTING THE BLAME ON EVERYTHING OR SAYING WHAT U WOULD DO DIFFERENT

      David P. said:
      March 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Elizabeth, I AGREE. Thank you for putting things in perspective and acknowledging the pain, eternal suffering and loss of these parents, their friends and the community.

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