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2 Indiana students were on their way to prom when they were killed in a car crash


INDIANAPOLIS — Two high school students were on their way to a  prom Saturday evening when they were killed in a vehicle wreck.  

Lendon Byram and Kalen Hart died in the crash, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said. Byram was driving and Hart was the front-seat passenger, and two other students in the car were injured.

Hart’s Instagram page says she was a member of the Class of 2021 at Hamilton Heights, where the prom was being held. The small district in northern Hamilton County is about 45 minutes from downtown Indianapolis. Byram was a member of the Class of 2022 at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

Two other high school-aged passengers in the backseat of the car were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. A driver was in the other car, an SVU, and declined medical treatment at the scene.

Superintendent Derek Arrowood announced the news on the school corporation’s Facebook page. The district canceled all prom-related activities and said it would have grief counselors available at the event venue and at the high school. 

Lendon Byram, a junior at Cathedral High School, was killed in a wreck Saturday along with his date, Kalen Hart, as they were heading to the Hamilton Heights High School prom. Kalen was a senior at Hamilton Heights.

“We share our heartfelt condolences to the families of the students impacted by this tragedy,” Arrowood said in a statement released Saturday night. “No one expects something like this to happen, and when it does, it leaves an entire community grieving. Please keep these families and our students in your thoughts and prayers.”

In a Facebook fundraiser seeking $15,000, Kalen Hart’s mother, Jody Bartrom Conaway, posted she was raising money to help pay for the funeral and burial expenses. 


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