MENTOR, Ky. (FOX19) - Two teenagers were killed and two other passengers were flown to UC Medical Center after a serious crash in Northern Kentucky early Tuesday, according to Campbell County police.
Emergency crews responded to reports of a vehicle crashing into a tree in the 11000 block of Mary Ingles Highway between Ivor and Smith roads just before 1:30 a.m.
The vehicle was venturing southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane, ran off the road and hit a tree, police said in a news release.
The driver, 17-year-old Austin Davis, and one passenger, 16-year-old David Luckett, were found dead at the scene.
Both were students at Highlands High School.
Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser described Luckett as “an amazing photographer. Very, very talented."
Cheser added one of Luckett’s teachers “wants everyone to know how passionate he was. He had such a pure heart. Very smart, and he would stand up for others."
The superintendent also described Austin Davis, who was in an app development pathway at the school, as a “very humble” student who “loved country music.”
Cheser notified parents and guardians of the students’ deaths in a letter Tuesday:
“It is with such sadness that I inform you that we have lost two Highlands High School students in an automobile accident early this morning. Austin Davis, a Junior, and David Luckett, a Freshman, both lost their lives in the accident.
“This is such a horrible tragedy and we can’t imagine what these families are going through; please lift these families up in your thoughts and prayers. We also know our students will need help through the grieving process. Our school counselors, as always, will be available for any students needing to talk with someone. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your child needs additional support.”
Principal Matthew Bertasso also issued a statement:
“Learning that we have lost students in our Highlands High School family is just devastating. I will miss seeing Austin and David. And I certainly hope that the two people in the hospital can recover fully.”
District officials say cards and gift cards may be dropped at the district office in the mail slot.
Two passengers, including Michael Fogelman, 18, were taken to a hospital, police said.
Their conditions were not released.
The crash closed the highway for more than three hours early Tuesday.
The car hit a tree in the front yard of a home. The man who lives there, Tom Kramer told FOX19 NOW he was woken up by the sound.
“Looked out the bedroom window and the car was wrapped around the tree," Kramer said.
Kramer adds he and his wife tried to help, but they could not get the door open, so they called 911.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.