Speed a factor in crash that killed two Hawken School students, police chief says

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GATES MILLS, Ohio- Speed played a role in the Thursday afternoon crash that killed two 18-year-old boys, Gates Mills Police Chief Gregg Minichello said.

The crash happened on County Line Road near Gray Eagle Chase in Gates Mills. Police said four teens were in a Jeep when it went off the side of the road and hit a tree.

Hawken School seniors Alexander Doody, 18, of Chagrin Falls, and Joshua Weil, 18, of Cleveland Heights, died from their injuries. Minichello said they were on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Flowers were left at the site of a crash in Gates Mills that killed two Hawken School students. (Photo: Melissa Reid/Fox 8 News)

Flowers were left at the site of a crash in Gates Mills that killed two Hawken School students. (Photo: Melissa Reid/Fox 8 News)

The chief told Fox 8 News he cannot remember an accident on County Line Road during recent years or during his time at the department. The speed limit is 35 mph. The accident investigation team is working to determine how fast the car was going.

An ambulance took another teen to Hillcrest Hospital for treatment. The fourth teen was later taken to the hospital by his parents to get checked out.

Hawken School was closed Friday with grief counselors available until 3 p.m.

In light of the deadly crash, Hawken School is making changes to its centennial celebration this weekend. The event Saturday evening at the Cleveland Convention Center will go on as planned.

More on the victims in the video below:

Crash site