Local schools identified the two teenagers killed in a high-speed crash just south of Lodi on Friday.
The 15-year-old passenger was Shamar Barbary, a freshman at Bear Creek High School, according to Lodi Unified School District officials. He was a member of both the Bear Creek junior varsity basketball and freshman football teams.
He was killed along with a 17-year-old female driver following an accident on West Lane south of Eight Mile Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver was Amanda Shihieber, a junior at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, said Kathy Smith, dean of students.
Shihieber always had a lot of friends while attending the private school, Smith said.
“She had her core group of friends. She was just a middle of the stream, everyday teenager,” Smith said.
She was reportedly driving a 1996 BMW south on West Lane at a high rate of speed, when she moved from the left lane to the right lane, according to CHP Officer Angel Arceo.
She spun counter-clockwise and crossed the left lane into the dirt center divider, overturned several times and collided with a concrete bridge rail, landing on the south side of Bear Creek, Arceo said earlier.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the collision, according to the CHP.
Assistant Superintendent Odie Douglas said grief counselors were available at Bear Creek to talk to students Monday. A phone message to student households was expected to be sent later. The high school is part the Lodi Unified School District.
At St. Mary’s, Smith said the students are working with the campus minister to put together a prayer service at noon Wednesday in the gymnasium. The school might also put together a collection to help the family pay for expenses.
Friday’s accident was near the same location three Tokay High School students died and two others were injured in February 2007 in a similar high-speed crash. The Geo Prism flipped at least once before wrapping around a light pole in the median, coming to rest on the passenger’s side of the car. It happened about 20 minutes after school ended for the day.
At the time, Stockton police were investigating the accident as the result of street racing, since another vehicle was seen in the area and did not stop following the crash.