WILLIAMSTON, Mich. (WWJ) – Two Livingston County teens are dead following a crash along I-96 near Williamston Tuesday night.
According to Michigan State Police, the victims were both in a car headed westbound when the driver lost control, went into the median and struck a tree. The vehicle then overturned, police said, and hit another tree.READ MORE: Missed Gov. Whitmer's Press Conference? Here's Her Update On The State's Response To COVID-19
Howell Schools Superintendent identified one of the victims as 16-year old Julianna Brown, who was a junior at Howell High School. Local media has identified the other victim as 16-year-old Darian Locklear, a Brighton High School student.
Grief counselors were on hand at both schools Wednesday, according to officials, and will also be available to talk with students Thursday if needed.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 7,955 New COVID-19 Cases, 33 Deaths Wednesday
Since news of the deaths, social media has been flooded by condolences from friends, parents, and others.
One Brighton student wrote on Facebook, of her friend: “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun. Watch over us baby girl. Rest in paradise D, I love you.”MORE NEWS: Detroit Chief: Rep. Tlaib’s Tweets About Police ‘Disgusting’
As an investigation continues, it’s unclear what may have led to the crash; although police said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the MSP Lansing Post at 517-322-1907.