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Family grieves teen killed in Stony Creek car crash

Jonathan Manolios, 17, of Sterling Heights, was one of the three killed in the crash. His sister went to the scene on Monday, searching for a way to come to terms.
Jonathan Manolios, 17, of Sterling Heights, was one of the three killed in the crash. His sister went to the scene on Monday, searching for a way to come to terms.

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A stretch of Stony Creek has been blocked off while Macomb County Sheriff's deputies continue their investigation into Friday's crash that took three young lives and critically injured two others.

Police said their hands were full all day Monday as friends and family members went to where the crash occurred.

Jonathan Manolios, 17, of Sterling Heights, was one of the three killed in the crash. The others were his friends -- Emanuel Malaj of Sterling Heights and Michael Wells of Macomb Township. They were just 17 years old, too.

Jonathan's sister, Amanda Monolios, was among those at the park on Monday.

"Me and my dad wanted to come to terms with what's happening ... it helps," she said.

Many students from Utica Community Schools also showed up at the park to pay respects.

Police confirmed there were open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. Investigators also said there is no doubt a high rate of speed was a factor in the crash.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said only one of the five teens in the Jaguar was wearing a seatbelt. The other four were ejected from the vehicle.

Amanda said it is an important reminder of choices.

"Your seatbelt is there for a reason. It's there to save your life. People think, 'Oh I'm in the back seat. What does it matter? It's not that big of a deal if I don't wear it. There's airbags.' The airbags aren't going to save you that much. Your seatbelt is going to keep you harnessed in," she said. "You need to wear your seatbelt."

Police said the stretch of closed road at the park should be reopened by 6 p.m. Monday.

Two other 17-year-old boys from Shelby Township were in critical condition at Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township.

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Information for funerals:

Jonathan Manolios

VISITATION -- 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday

Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons
36900 Schoenherr Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

PRAYERS -- 7 p.m. Wednesday

FUNERAL -- 10 a.m. Thursday

St. John Greek Orthodox
11455 Metro Parkway
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Emanuel Malaj

VISITATION -- 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday

Wasik Funeral Home
49150 Schoenherr
Shelby Township, MI

FUNERAL -- 10 a.m. Thursday

Our Lady of Albanians Church
29350 Lahser Rd
Southfield, MI

Michael Wells

VISITATION -- 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday

Wasik Funeral Home
49150 Schoenherr
Shelby Township, MI

FUNERAL -- 10 a.m. Friday

Hope Community Baptist Church
42259 Schoenherr Rd
Sterling Heights, MI