MILFORD TWP, Ohio - Two high school students are dead following a multiple-vehicle accident in Milford Township.
The accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Ohio 73 around 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
According to police, Miranda Lane, 17, was driving a Honda Civic when she failed to yield to an oncoming semi. Lane of Colerain Township, and her passenger Mathilde Jessen, 16, of Green Township were pronounced dead at the scene. Jessen was a senior foreign exchange student from Denmark.
Police say the driver of the semi, Steve Fish of West Harrison, Indiana was not injured. A third vehicle was struck as a result of the crash. That driver, who police identified as Edward Schatzle of Milford, was taken to University Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
Lane's aunt Donna Henderson says she will be buried in the prom dress she was so excited to wear to her boyfriend's prom on Saturday.
"She has her dress. It was beautiful. It was blue with pink little sequins on it. She was going to be a pretty little girl like Cinderella and she'll be dancing up in heaven," Henderson said.
Henderson says her niece was on her way to Oxford to pick up a permission slip she needed to have signed to attend her boyfriend's prom.
"She drove up there to go get a release paper and her mom to sign and school to sign that she can go to the prom with her boyfriend. She didn't make it. She didn't make it," Henderson explained from Lane's Colerain Township home.
Both Lane and Jessen were students at Colerain High School. A spokesperson for the school says grief counselors were on hand Friday morning.
Colerain High School Principal Maureen Heintz sent out a letter home with students at the school about the deaths. Below is the text of the letter.
All of us at Colerain High School are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Miranda Lane, an 11th grader, and Mathilde Jessen, a 12th grader, who died
in an automobile accident yesterday evening. We, the faculty, students, and staff of CHS wish to extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives, friends and classmates of Miranda and Mathilde.
In order to assist our students and staff cope with the great sadness and shock of this tragedy, our counselors, school psychologist, and the district student support team have been meeting with our children and staff. Please be assured that we will continue to have resources available to help us through this most difficult time.
If any of you or your family is upset and need assistance, I would encourage you to contact our School Psychologist at 741-5082. Also, if you notice a sudden change in your child's behavior and/or health that is unexplainable to you, please contact us. Let me assure you that we will continue to respond to any child who struggles to deal with this tragedy, there is assistance available and we care.
Finally, when an event of this magnitude touches one of us, it affects us all. Our school is an important part of this community and we jointly share in the responsibility of meeting our children's needs. Perhaps, from this comes a greater sense of family, community and friendship.
Colerain High School
Lane's family is finalizing funeral arrangements with Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home.