Wilmington HS students honor classmates killed in accident

Students and teachers at Wilmington High School are remembering Wednesday four teenagers who were killed in a horrible car accident.

14-year-old Matt Bailey, 15-year-olds Micalah Sembach and Cody Carter, and 17-year-old Cheyenne Fender were killed when their vehicle flew-off a bridge, and plunged into Forked Creek.

An investigation is underway, but it appears their car hydroplaned on ice or water as they traveled on Ballou Road. Their car sank to the bottom upside down, and the four victims drowned. The vehicle sat in five feet of fast-moving water throughout Monday night until a school bus driver saw a tire sticking out from the water Tuesday morning.

Authorities do not know who was driving the car. Cheyenne was the only person in the vehicle who had a license. She received her license just nine months ago.

State law says new drivers can have only one passenger in their vehicle for the first year after they get their license or until they turn 18 years-old, whichever comes first.

It doesn’t appear alcohol was a factor in the accident.

At Wilmington High School, there was just a half day of classes Wednesday.

Many of the 440 students were dressed in black.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet. But, just a couple of days ago, you see the kids, walking around,” said classmate Andrew Liaromstis.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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