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SCHP investigates whether speed was factor in fatal crash

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Cesar Herrera and Cory Aramis Rocha (Source: Facebook) Cesar Herrera and Cory Aramis Rocha (Source: Facebook)
Cory Rocha (Source: Facebook) Cory Rocha (Source: Facebook)
Cesar Herrera (Source: Facebook) Cesar Herrera (Source: Facebook)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating whether speed was a factor in a crash Friday morning that killed two Hilton Head Island High School students.

Two others are in critical condition. The crash happened just before 7 a.m. on Dillon Road near US 278.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said Ramon Morales, 17, was driving a 2011 Ford Focus was traveling north on Dillon Road toward US 278 when it hit a culvert and tree, ejecting three of the four victims from the vehicle. None of them were wearing their seat belts, according to the SCHP.

The Beaufort County School District confirmed the names of the Hilton Head Island High School students who were killed in a car crash Friday morning. Cory Aramis Rocha, 18, and Cesar Herrera, 17, were killed in the crash.

Ramon and a 16-year-old girl, who was sitting in the back seat, were taken to Memorial University Medical Center. The other passenger who was injured is still in critical condition and is a minor so her name has not been released

SCHP's Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash.

The Beaufort County School District was informed of the situation and has sent an employee down to Hilton Head Island High School.

Counselors from several district schools are at Hilton Head Island High to meet with any students who want to talk. Also, Principal Amanda O'Nan has announced a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. Friday in the school gym.

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