BARTLETT, Ill. — Two Bartlett high school students were killed following a single-vehicle crash on Tuesday.
The accident happened just after 9 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Newport Lane and Devon Avenue.
Police say a 16-year-old boy was driving westbound on Devon Avenue from Newport Blvd., when his vehicle struck a curb, a speed limit sign, and then a utility pole before it rolled over on its roof.
The driver and three occupants needed to be extricated.
A 16-year-old boy, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, died at the scene, according to police. The medical examiner has identified the teen as Alex Czerwik. His twin brother, Adrian, who was also in the car, suffered life-threatening injuries.
“I have a twin brother myself, and I can’t imagine losing the other half of me. It’s horrible,” John Tarasiewicz, a junior at Bartlett High School, said.
Emergency responders also took the driver and a second 16-year old boy to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Cameron Kelty, one of the boys involved in the crash, died from his injuries on Friday morning, according to a message sent to parents by school principal Michael Demovsky.
“I looked at him like a brother, so it really hurts me to see all this happen to him and all of them,” Jalen Davis, a junior at Barlett High School, said.
Demovsky released a statement on Wednesday, saying in part, “No words can convey the depth of our sorrow over the loss of this young life…Alex’s family is asking for your prayers during this devastating time.”
Crisis teams have been activated to help students and staff.
Alex and his brother Adrian had been hanging out with the Bartlett Raiders, a local youth football team, hours before the crash. The organization posted a message on their Facebook page, saying in part, “Words cannot describe how members of our Raiders family and community are suffering.”
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
“He was just a super great kid. He brightened up my day. It was fun to be around him,” Tarasiewicz said.
Alex’s friend, Kailey Fellows, echoed those sentiments.
“It’s so crazy how many people loved him and he cared for so many people,” Fellows said.
A vigil was planned for Wednesday night. A GoFundMe has raised more than $36,000.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact the Bartlett Police Department at (630) 837-0846.