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Police identify 3 young men killed in Stony Creek car crash

3 young men killed, 2 in critical condition after crash

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Macomb County police have identified the three young men who were killed in a traffic crash at Stoney Creek Metropark Friday evening.

Police say Jonathan Manolios and Emanuel Malaj from Stevenson High School and Michael Wells from Henry Ford II High School were killed in the crash. All three were 17 years old.

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According to witnesses, the car -- authorities said it was a black 2008 Jaguar -- was going about 80 mph when the crash happened at around 6:15 p.m. Speed limits on park roads are between 25-35 mph. The driver reportedly lost control and the car hit a guardrail.

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Five people were inside the vehicle, and four were ejected during the crash. The front seat passenger was the only person that wasn't ejected.

Two 17-year-old men were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. They are listed in critical condition.

"This is a terrible tragedy, and our heartfelt sympathies are offered to the families of the young men," said Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.

Wickersham said earlier reports that the car hit a bicycle likely leaked because witnesses mistook car parts for pieces of a bike.

Residents have already visited the site where the three 17-year-old were killed, leaving flowers against the fence.

Residents left flowers next to the site where three 17-year-old boys were killed in a car crash Friday evening.
Residents left flowers next to the site where three 17-year-old boys were killed in a car crash Friday evening.

All four Utica high schools will offer grief counselors to students on Monday.

Dr. Christine M. Johns, superintendent of UCS, released the following letter to parents:

"Dear Parents: 

The UCS community experienced significant losses and injuries in auto-related accidents this weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families at this time.

The school district will have grief counselors and additional support at each of our four comprehensive high schools. We will also be making assistance available at our other schools as needed. 

If you, your children or someone you know needs immediate support, I want to make you aware of a 24-hour hotline through the Macomb County Crisis Center. These are professionals who are trained in grief counseling. Please know our staff members will be available in the coming days should you need assistance.

In these challenging times, I know our community members will come together to support our children, families, friends and neighbors as they have in the past. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers."