- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

CAYUGA, Ind. (AP) - A celebration to honor North Vermillion High School’s undefeated Class A state champion football team has been indefinitely postponed following a crash that killed one member of the team and two sisters and injured another team member, the football coach said.

The celebration had been planned for Wednesday to honor Braedon Hollowell, Ethan Lee and other members of the Falcons football team that won the state title in November, coach Brian Crabtree said.

Hollowell, 18, of Cayuga, and sisters Anne E. Clark, 18 and Carolina Clark, both of Muncie, died in the crash Friday afternoon in Cayuga, about 70 miles west of Indianapolis. Carolina Clarks’ age was unavailable.

Lee, 18, of Cayuga, the driver of the pickup, was hospitalized in Indianapolis.

“Braeden was such an impact on and off the football field. He was such a great person,” North Vermillion freshman Hadi Jumps told the Tribune-Star (https://bit.ly/1xIbBV1 ).

Hollowell was a captain of the team and helped seal the 27-26 state championship victory over Pioneer with a key fumble recovery late in the game. Lee helped produce the game-winning touchdown, catching a pass and lateralling to a teammate for the score.

Crabtree said the Clark sisters were the girlfriends of Hollowell and Lee.

State police said Lee’s truck was speeding when it became airborne and crashed into the offices of Colonial Brick Corp., injuring a woman inside who was treated for head and chest pain. The teenagers weren’t wearing seatbelts.

Lanterns and other tokens became part of a memorial set up outside the business following the crash.

“When I come in this morning, the lights were there already,” Eric Schwartz, the son of the company’s owner, said of the three lanterns. “I brought three dozen roses and a blanket to create the memorial site. People have been adding to it.”


Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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