PERRY, Ohio-- Perry High School in Lake County will have grief counselors on hand following the deaths of two 2016 graduates.
Myka Gray, 18, and Kayleigh O'Brien, 19, were involved in a crash in Claridon Township Wednesday afternoon. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a Chevrolet Colbalt, driven by Gray, failed to stop at the stop sign on Aquilla Road at US 322. That's when the car was struck on the driver's side by another vehicle.
Gray and O'Brien were taken to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead. The two people in the other car suffered minor injuries.
Perry Local Schools said the two women were dear friends to many students. There will be a team of counselors available in the high school office through June 1. Anyone needing assistance outside of school hours should call 440-918-2000.
Teachers said this last day of classes was tough as students and staff mourned the loss of the former students.
“Kayleigh and Myka were tremendous,” teacher Allison Trentanelli said. “They had a beautiful energy; they brought joy to the room. Probably two of my favorite students.”
Trentanelli said the friends volunteered through the school’s Service Learning Program and planned to become teachers. Teachers said O’Brien was enrolled in classes at Lakeland Community College and Gray was studying to become a special education teacher at Kent State University.
“The void we have in our community and we have in our hearts right now is just indescribable,” Trentanelli said. “These kids had so much potential… they always made a difference, and if anything, I hope the rest of us can live up to their example.”