Second Teen Dies From Car Crash
A second teenager died Monday after a one-car crash in Delaware County over the weekend.
Sydney Siefert was pronounced dead at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus at about 3 a.m., the Columbus Dispatch reported. Jordan Cannon, 17, of Powell, also died Monday morning, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
Siefert was a front-seat passenger in a 2004 Subaru Impreza driven by Cannon. The crash occurred around 12:50 a.m. Sunday along state Route 315, near Home Road, in Delaware County when Cannon failed to negotiate a curve and lost control, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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The car slid off the side of the road and struck two trees.
Cannon and Siefert were trapped in the vehicle and were extricated.
Cannon, a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School, was airlifted to The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.
Siefert's twin sister, Aubrey, was also in the car at the time of the crash. She was treated and released from a hospital. The girls are juniors at Olentangy Liberty, 10TV's Brittany Westbrook reported.
On Sunday evening, about 400 Olentangy Liberty students gathered and prayed for the teens that were injured.
"Our school is very close and it's big, but at this prayer session it really brought us all together more," said Colleen Burkhart, a Liberty sophomore.
"It gave them an opportunity to be together," said Mark Raiff, the school's principal. "I think more than anything, they just need to share their grief, share their emotions that they are going through."
Raiff said Monday's grim news affected his students greatly.
"We told them this morning that both students were in critical condition and we were praying and hoping for the best,' Raiff said. "When we told them the final word, the outpouring of emotion was just overwhelming."
"They had a lot of friends and were very popular kids," Raiff said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it was looking into reports that the teenagers left a party where alcohol was served before the crash, McEntyre reported.
The Patrol also said drug paraphernalia was found inside the car.
"There was a marijuana pipe located at the scene of the crash," said Sgt. D.J. Smith, "as well as a little bit of marijuana."
Investigators said it was not known whether drugs or alcohol played factors in the crash, McEntyre reported.
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