HAMILTON COUNTY, Indiana – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana is investigating a fatal crash that killed two students and injured two others.
The crash said the crash occurred at about 5:15 p.m. in the Lacey Road area and 281st Street in Hamilton County and involved two vehicles.
According to police, all the dead and injured were traveling in the same vehicle on their way to the Hamilton Heights prom when the crash occurred.
Police have announced the names of the deceased high school students such as Landon Bayram and Kalen Hart, who investigators say are both a driver and a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle.
Early Sunday morning, Indianapolis Cathedral High School confirmed via Facebook that Bayram is a student in the 2022 class and offered his support to family, friends and everyone who knew and loved him.
The other two injured students were transported to a hospital in Indianapolis with non-life-threatening injuries, police confirmed.
Police say drugs and alcohol are not currently considered a factor in the crash and the cause remains under investigation.
Superintendent Derek Arrowwood of Hamilton Heights School Corporation said the prom should be held at the Elite Banquet Center in Kokomo.
Upon learning of the incident, Arrow said all prom activities had been canceled and the district was quick to notify families and set up a crisis support team of grief counselors, available at both the banquet center and the high school’s media center. Hamilton Heights.
“We share our heartfelt condolences to the families of the students affected by this tragedy,” said superintendent Dr. Derek Arrowwood of Hamilton Heights School Corporation.
“No one expects something like this to happen, and when it does, the whole community is left to grieve. Please keep these families and our students in your thoughts and prayers. “
Arrow said they are working on plans to continue to support students and the community in the coming days and weeks and will share more about those plans when they are finalized.
“In a school of this size, everyone is affected, and in a community, so tight, everyone is affected,” Arrow said.
He said the district was preparing for a crisis and had plans in case they were ever needed. He said that although they hoped never to use them, they managed to activate their plan tonight and immediately start finding ways to support the students.
“It’s a tragedy you can’t put into words and my heart is just broken for families and my heart is just broken for these children and my heart is broken for this community and what we’re going to do is just love each other to each other and we will go through this – he said.