A single car rollover killed two people Tuesday night around 8:30. The wreck shut down part of I-285 in DeKalb County for more than two hours. Lanes were reopened at 11:50 p.m. according to Dunwoody police.
Police say a Ford Explorer heading eastbound lost control near Chamblee Dunwoody Road and flipped over several times.
After an initial investigation, police believe the driver was distracted by a passenger, causing her to lose control of the SUV. She tried to regain control, but overcorrected, forcing the car onto its side before rolling over several times. The vehicle finally stopped on the right shoulder.
There were four passengers in the car. One was thrown completely from the vehicle and another partially ejected.
The two people killed have been identified as Shania Boettcher, 18, and Darius Valcarcel, 22, both of Woodstock.
A spokesperson for the Cherokee County School District says Boettcher was set to graduate from Etowah High School this Friday.
"As is tradition at Etowah High School, a chair is left empty at the graduation ceremony for any student from the class who has passed away," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower. "A chair will be left empty for Lucy, her name will be listed in the program and her name will be read along with her graduating classmates. This tradition reminds us of the loss felt by the students' family, friends and the school, and also honors their memory."
Valcarcel graduated from the same school in 2010. Counselors are at the campus today and tomorrow to help grieving students.
Students have organized a vigil to be held at the school tonight at 8.
The accident occurred on I-285 eastbound just east of Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Several drivers who witnessed the wreck stopped to assist the victims.
Police closed four of five lanes while working the wreck.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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