DeKalb High School students involved in Sunday crash, one killed

WATERLOO, Ind. (WANE) – One DeKalb High School student was killed and another teen was hurt in a crash Sunday evening.

It happened around 6 p.m. in the 3400 block of County Road 26 in DeKalb County.

Police said Spencer Whan, 17, Fort Wayne, was driving east on County Road 26 when he lost control and started sliding on the icy roadway. Despite police indicating Whan is from Fort Wayne, DeKalb Central Schools confirmed Monday morning that he is a junior at DeKalb High School.

The pickup truck Whan was driving went off the north side of the road and hit a tree on the passenger side door, according to investigators.

The scene of a fatal crash along County Road 26 in DeKalb County is shown Feb. 5, 2018.

Lilliana Morrow, 16, Waterloo, was in the passenger seat. Police said she died at the scene of the crash.

Morrow was a sophomore at DeKalb High School and a member of the girl’s tennis team.

Medics took Whan to a hospital for injuries to his face and back pain.

Police said speed and icy road conditions contributed to the crash.

DeKalb Central Schools issued the following statement from Superintendent Steve Teders Monday morning:

DeKalb Central Schools is mourning the loss of student, Lilliana Morrow following a tragic automobile accident last evening. Lilliana was a sophomore at DeKalb High School. DeKalb High School Junior, Spencer Whan survived the accident and is recovering in the hospital.

The DeKalb Central family wishes to express our sincerest condolences and prayers to Lilliana’s family. We ask for thoughts and prayers for Spencer as he recovers from his injuries sustained in the accident.

This is a difficult time for the families and friends of both Lilliana and Spencer. School officials have coordinated resources and are prepared to offer students and staff the supports they will need, including grief counseling, today and in the days to come. Again, we will do whatever we can to help each other through this extremely difficult time.

Steve Teders – Superintendent

The incident is under investigation.

DeKalb High School lost two students in another crash back in September of 2016. 17-year-old Derek Padilla and 16-year-old Lucas Oberkizer both died in that crash.

School administration has not released a statement yet on this most recent fatal crash.