Despite the summer break, , will be open Monday to provide support and assistance to students grieving the loss of two classmates killed in a automobile crash, Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said Saturday.
Siblings Jordan Siegel, 14, and sister Ashley Siegel, 11, were killed Friday when the SUV driven by their stepmother, Dawn Siegel, rolled several times along southbound U.S. 23 in Pittsfield Township shortly before 3 p.m., according to Michigan State Police Brighton Post. Police said Siegel told them she was cut off and swerved into the median to avoid the other vehicle, but was sideswiped.
Lewis-Lakin said counselors will be at the middle school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While the students attended school in Royal Oak, where they lived with their mother, they also split their time at a home in Novi, which they shared with their father.
A community mourns
"Jordan lived on my street. He was always playing football at . He was a good lacrosse player, too," said Easton Braley, 14. "I was shocked when I heard. My heart dropped."
Easton was at the middle school Saturday afternoon with friends. He described receiving a phone from a fellow student. "She was was sobbing when she told me," he said. "Jordan was a good kid all around."
People also paid homage to the Siegel children on Royal Oak Patch’s Facebook page Saturday.
"We lost two beautiful children that have touched the lives of so many of us. May they rest in peace. God bless all who are suffering with this tragedy," Kelley Holloway wrote on Royal Oak Patch’s Facebook page.
"Jordan and Ashley were amazing kids. We are so sad! Our hearts are broken for their parents and family and friends. No words can comfort such a devastating loss. Love and prayers to the Siegel family," wrote Kristi Beratta Davis.
"So sad, they were Charger family," Angie Guimond-Tresik wrote on Facebook.
Ashley, a sixth-grader, was a Royal Oak Chargers Football cheerleader, and Jordan, an eighth-grader was the team quarterback, confirmed Robin Newsome, Charger Cheer general manager.
"My heart goes out to the families and pray they find the person that left the scene," Becki Hatch-Water shared on Facebook.
Police seeking minivan in crash
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.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Michigan State Police tip line at 866-638-4847.
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Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect Ashley's correct age, which is 11.