Two sisters and one of their friends died at the end of August in a terrible car crash in Wildwood, Missouri. One of the girls had recently graduated from Rockwood High School and one was a senior. They were accompanied in their vehicle by two friends, Christopher Lenzen, a current senior at the school and Olivia Dames, a recent graduate. The crash did not involve any other vehicles. Lauren Oliver, 18, Kathleen Oliver, 17, and Lenzen, 18, were riding in a sports convertible Thursday, August 15, on Homestead Manor Drive in Wildwood, when the accident happened around 9:45 p.m. Police are still not sure what happened to make the car lose control and go off the road. Roger Herin, spokesman for the Monarch Fire Protection District, said that it has not yet been determined whether the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts. There was one survivor of the crash, Olivia Dames, 18. Lenzen was driving the 2013 Infiniti G37S convertible, which belonged to his mother. According to St. Louis County Police Lt. Bryan Ludwig, the teens were traveling with the top down along Homestead Manor Drive that Thursday night when, it appears, the driver lost control. The car went off the road, drove into the deck of a nearby home, then continued on into the woods where it struck a tree. Both of the sisters were already dead by the time emergency responders arrived, police said. Lenzen was rushed by helicopter to a local hospital, but he died en route. Police plan to continue investigating. They have not yet received the results of the toxicology tests that were performed, so it is not clear whether drugs or alcohol played a part in causing the crash. Principal Deborah Asher said “They were ideal high school students. If you wanted to look at the best of students and teenagers, they are definitely two you could point to as role models." The sisters were both involved in the school community. Lauren Oliver was on the track team and she ran cross country. She was a Bright Flight scholar, a school ambassador, and in the National Honor Society. She was preparing to leave for college. Kathleen was a senior at Eureka High School. She was co-captain of the cheer squad and participated in the On Stage show choir at the school. Christopher Lenzen was on the baseball team at Marquette High School. He was also on the basketball team. Dan Ramsey, assistant principal of the school described Lenzen as “an exceptional student, exceptional athlete, just a gifted young man." His father said he was a “bright kid" and had won an integrity award at the high school. Lenzen was preparing to leave for his freshman year of college the Sunday following the tragic accident. He was planning to study business at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Police hope they will soon be able to shed some light on what happened that night and why the accident happened.
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