Two students were killed and three other people in the SUV with them were injured in that authorities say was likely caused by another driver who drove away from the scene.
Jordan Siegel, 14, and sister Ashley Siegel, 11, were killed when the SUV driven by their stepmother, Dawn Siegel, rolled several times along southbound U.S. 23 shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, according to Michigan State Police Brighton Post. Police said Seigel told them she was cut off and swerved into the median to avoid the other vehicle, but was sideswiped.
The siblings were a part of the Royal Oak Chargers Football and Cheer family, said Robin Newsome, Charger Cheer general manager. Ashley, a sixth-grader, was a cheerleader, and Jordan, an eighth-grader was the team quarterback.
Newsome said she was waiting to learn what funeral arrangements will be for the siblings, who had split their time between Royal Oak with their mother and Novi with their father.
State Police are looking for the driver of a light gray Honda Odyssey minivan with a temporary license plate who kept driving after the incident. Police said the driver is believed to have been a woman and that the vehicle should have front end damage from striking the white 1999 Ford Expedition driven by Siegel.
The siblings were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Huron Valley Ambulance spokeswoman Joyce Williams. The freeway was shut down for hours Friday while emergency crews and investigators worked the scene. Williams said there were five paramedic units from Huron Valley Ambulance on the scene and one transported a critical patient to the University of Michigan Hospital. A second unit transported a stable child, who was in a car seat, and an unstable patient to the University of Michigan. Two more unstable patients were transported to St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Michigan State Police tip line at 866-638-4847.
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Correction: The Ashley Siegel's age is 11.