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Car plunges into creek, 4 teens killed

Four teenagers are killed when the vehicle they were riding in plunged into a creek in Will County.

The victims attended Wilmington High School, and were between 15 and 17 years old. Two of the victims were boys.

 

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There were no traces of drugs or alcohol found in four teenagers who were killed in a car crash earlier this month. wilmington teen deaths

The teens died when their car went off a bridge and plunged into a creek near Wilmington, 60 miles Southwest of Chicago.

The bodies of Cody Carter, 15, Matthew Bailey, 14, Micalah Sembach, 15 and Cheyenne Fender, 17, were found a day later.

The Will County coroner has ruled their deaths as accidental drownings.

Police are still investigating the crash.

Funeral arrangements have been set for two more of the teens who were killed in a car crash in Will County.

A memorial visitation for 17-year-old Cheyenne Fender will be held Saturday at Anderson Memorial Chapel in Romeoville from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A visitation and video tribute will be held on Thursday March 14, 2013 for 14-year-old Matthew James Bailey. It will be held at  Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington from 3p.m. – 8p.m. Private family funeral services will follow Friday.

The two teens along with 15-year-olds Micalah Sembach and Cody Carter were killed when their vehicle flew-off a bridge, and plunged into Forked Creek Monday night. Their car sank to the bottom upside down, and the four victims drowned.

It’s not clear yet how their two-door Mitsubishi wound up in the creek, but there may have been standing water, even ice, on the road.  The accident is currently under investigation.

Visitation for Cody Carter will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. & Crematory, Braidwood Chapel, Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Funeral service will also be Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m.

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.

Funeral arrangements are being made for four teenagers who died when their car plunged into a creek in Will County.

The victims are 15-year-olds Micalah Sembach, Cody Carter; 14-year-old Matt Bailey, and 17-year-old Cheyenne Fender.

The teens were reported missing Monday night.

A bus driver spotted their overturned car in a creek near Wilmington Tuesday morning, 60 miles southwest of Chicago.

Authorities say there may have been standing water or ice on the road.

Investigators are reconstructing the accident.

They do not know who was driving, even though only one teen was old enough.

Under state law, she would have only been allowed one passenger because she was a new driver.

“Something we definitely cannot plan or prepare for.. The city of Wilmington suffered a great loss today,” Mayor Marty Orr said.

It’s not clear yet how their two-door Mitsubishi wound up in the creek, but there may have been standing water, even ice, on the road.”

Visitation for Cody Carter will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. & Crematory, Braidwood Chapel, Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Funeral service will also be Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m.

The town of Wilmington continues to mourn the loss of four teens who were killed when the car  they were riding in plunged into a creek.

Friends, family and members of the community gather tonight at a church in Wilmington.  It was a quickly-planned memorial service, filled with hugs and tears and memories and a loss, too big for one small town.

Gone are 15-year olds Micalah Sembach and  Cody Carter, 14-year-old Matt Bailey and 17-year-old Cheyenne Fender, four high school pals who went missing overnight, as friends and family frantically texted and called and searched.

wilmington-victims-teensEarly Tuesday morning, a bus driver passing Forked Creek saw a wheel poking out of the water and a desperate search came to an abrupt and horrifying end.

“Something we definitely cannot plan or prepare for.. The city of Wilmington suffered a great loss today,” Mayor Marty Orr said.

It’s not clear yet how their two-door Mitsubishi wound up in the creek, but there may have been standing water, even ice, on the road.”

Visitation for Cody Carter will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. & Crematory, Braidwood Chapel, Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Funeral service will also be Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m.

Four students from Wilmington High School died when their car plunged into a creek in rural Will County.  Photos courtesy of Chicago Tribune

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.

Wilmington School District Superintendent Jay Plese gives details during a March 12 press conference about the four teens who were killed in a car crash. (WGN TV)

Wilmington Mayor Marty Orr speaks at a March 12 press conference for the four teens who were killed during a car crash in Will County (WGN TV).

Four teenagers were killed when the vehicle they were riding in plunged into a creek in Will County.

The victims attended Wilmington High School, and were between 15 and 17 years old. Two of the victims were boys.

The Chicago Tribune says one of the victims was identified by her family as Micalah Sembach, 15, a freshman.

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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