COLUMBIA — Three teens, including one who was preparing to attend MU, were killed and a fourth was injured Thursday night after their convertible crashed through a backyard deck and into the nearby woods.
Christopher Lenzen, 18, and sisters Lauren Oliver, 18, and Kathleen Oliver, 17, were killed. Olivia Dames, 18, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, the St. Louis County Police Department said.
Dames, Lenzen and Lauren Oliver had recently graduated from high school in the Rockwood School District. The teens were out to dinner before leaving for college, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.
Lenzen was driving the 2013 Infiniti G37S convertible,police said. The car, with its top down, ran off the road about 9:40 p.m. in the 18000 block of Homestead Manor Drive in Wildwood. It then struck the side of a house and backyard deck before continuing into the woods.
According the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, the sisters were found dead in the car, and Lenzen died during preparations for airlift to the hospital.
MU's online student directory listed Lenzen as a freshman. Lauren Oliver planned to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Rockwood School District spokesman Jay Scherder said. Kathleen Oliver was a senior at Eureka High School, according to the Post-Dispatch article.
The St. Louis County Police Department said investigators were re-constructing the accident to determine its cause and contributing factors.
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