THREE of the six teenage girls killed on Tuesday when their passenger car was hit by a semi-trailer have been pictured.
The victims were named Gracie Machado, Brooklyn Triplett, Austin Holt, Madison Robertson, Addison Gratz and Memory Wilson. They were between 15 and 17 years old.
Gracie, Austin and Brooklyn were all photographed by friends or family members following the tragic incident in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
Valendon Burton, 51, was identified by Highway Patrol officers as the driver of the trailer truck that struck the Chevy Spark carrying the high schoolers
Burton was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was not injured. So far no charges have been filed.
Gracie’s sister Sadie Machado posted a photo of the two on Facebook with the caption “My best friend” and a broken heart emoji.
Tributes were paid to Brooklyn, who was a cheerleader and softball player.
“Brooklyn was an amazing kid, she loved her family and friends with all her heart,” read a statement on a GoFundMe page created for family expenses.
“She was a loyal friend and a damn good ball player! She will be greatly missed by our family.”
Austin was an active member of Future Farmers of America and enjoyed showing off their prize hogs. Her name was confirmed by relative Natalie Houston.
“She was a beautiful, intelligent young lady who was abducted far too young for reasons unknown to me,” Houston wrote on Facebook.
All six teenagers were packed into the four-seat 2015 Chevy Spark. Only two of the girls in the front seat were wearing seat belts, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Wednesday.
According to the district head, the youths were students at Tishomingo Public School. The driver was 16, three of the other girls were 15 and two others were 17.
Four of the girls, including the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene, OHP said. Two other girls died after being rushed to a local hospital.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/4963950/tishomingo-car-crash-victims-pictured-oklahoma/ Three teenage victims of a Tishomingo car accident pictured after the crash in Oklahoma as grieving families share heartbreaking tributes