Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Two Teen Sisters, Friend Killed in Wildwood Crash

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Two Teen Sisters, Friend Killed in Wildwood Crash

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WILDWOOD * Students at Rockwood high schools on Friday mourned the deaths of two recent graduates and a current senior after a terrible one-car crash Thursday night.

"It's just so tragic," said John Meyer, who coached one of the victims, Christopher Lenzen, in baseball at Marquette High School for four years. "It's horrific."

Lenzen, 18, and two sisters, Lauren Oliver, 18, and Kathleen Oliver, 17, were killed in the crash of a convertible sports car about 9:45 p.m. Thursday on Homestead Manor Drive in Wildwood. Olivia Dames, 18, survived the crash.

Counselors were available Friday at Marquette High and Eureka High, where Dames and Lauren Oliver had recently graduated and Kathleen Oliver was a senior.

Meyer said he gathered with student-athletes who had played baseball with Lenzen at Marquette on Friday morning. Another coach spent time with Lenzen's teammates on the basketball team. Lenzen was a three-year starter for the baseball team and a four-year starter for the basketball team, Meyer said.

"We gave them a safe haven to express themselves," Meyer said. "We encouraged them to grieve and just let those emotions flow. ... You just saw a lot of sad kids today."

At Eureka High School on Friday morning, principal Deborah Asher said students spontaneously chose to lay flowers on the school's marquee in remembrance of the sisters who died. Asher said the Olivers' surviving sister was a freshman at the school, which started classes on Tuesday. The girls' parents could not be reached for comment.

St. Louis County Police Lt. Bryan Ludwig said Lenzen was the driver of the 2013 Infiniti G37S convertible. The car belonged to Lenzen's mother, a family member said. They were riding along Homestead Manor Drive with the top down about 9:45 p.m. when the car ran off the road, hit the back deck of a home, then went into the woods and struck a tree.

The Oliver sisters were dead when authorities arrived. …

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