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Fatal Hilton Head Island Crash Still Under Investigation

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

UPDATE:

News 3 has learned the identities of the two Hilton High School students who were seriously injured in a fatal crash last Friday morning that left two of their classmates dead. 

They have been identified Ramon Morales, 17, and Michelle Alvarez, 16.

Officials have not been able to tell us how they are doing. 

Monday night their friends, Cory Rocha and Cesar Herrera, were laid to rest after a funeral at Holy Family Catholic Church on Hilton Head Island.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol tells News 3 that the teens were not wearing seatbelts when their car crashed on dillon road.

Despite reports to the contrary, the cause has not been released.

UPDATE: 

A joint funeral for Cory Rocha and Cesar Hererra will be held Monday evening. Allen Funeral Home says visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Hilton Head Island. Mass will follow visitation at 6 p.m.

A vigil was held Friday evening at Hilton Head Island High School in honor of all four victims involved in a car wreck. School officials wanted to offer the chance for friends and family to grieve together.  Hundreds of people filled the gym for the vigil.  There were a series of speakers including teachers, administrators and pastors who offered words of comfort. 

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UPDATE:

It was a somber day at Hilton Head Island High School as the community mourned the loss of two of its own, and another two who're badly injured in the morning wreck on Dillon Road.

"Probably the worst experience you can have as a principal. to watch the student body go through this process is tough," said Principal, Amanda O'Nan.

As law enforcement investigated the morning accident that killed 18-year-old, Cory Rocha and 17-year-old, Cesar Hererra, students were learning about the tragedy. Something staff had to be ready for

"Anytime we have a situation similar to this, we automatically send out counselors, grief counselors to support the school, the students. to make sure we can fill those gaps that might not otherwise be filled with the staff on-hand," said Greg McCord, Chief Student Services Officer. 

"Sometimes you're at a loss for words, and you put your arm around them and they want answers and they want to know why. Just as I as an adult might ask, and there are no quick answers to give them," O'Nan said.

This isn't the first time the school's had to deal with tragedy, just Tuesday, the school marked the 11th anniversary of another loss, Michael DeVincentis.

"You bury too many students, too early in life, over a period of years. Its a tough life lesson that you don't want to have to teach your high school students,"O"Nan said.

Students that now have to grow up a little faster and a little too soon.

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Hilton Head Island High School officials tell WSAV that 2 students were killed and 2 others were airlifted to a Savannah hospital after a single car crash early Friday morning.

SCHP Troopers say the car was driving on Dillon road when it ran off the road, hit a culvert and then a tree.

The driver, a 17-year-old male, and the front-seat passenger, a 16-year-old female, were airlifted to Savannah Memorial University Medical Center.

Beaufort County school officials say the two fatalities were 18-year-old Cory Rocha and 17-year-old Cesar Herrera; both were seniors at HHI High School.

Troopers say no one in the car was wearing their seatbelts.

School officials say a prayer vigil will be held Friday night at 6 PM in the high school's gym.  

 

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