EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Jackson Center Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash. This information came from a crash report from Mercer PSP. We've since been informed by Jackson Center Volunteer Fire Chief, Jerry Heckman and confirmed through Mercer PSP that the Stoneboro Volunteer Fire Company and Sandy Lake Fire and Rescue were the crews that responded.

All three students of Lakeview Schools in Mercer County killed in a fiery car crash Thursday night have been identified.

Mercer County PSP has identified one of the students killed as 18-year-old James Harrison. Mercer County Coroner, John Libonati identified the other two as Aliya Harvey and Harmony Leige, both 17 years old.

The Lakeview School District posted a statement on its Facebook page Friday morning describing the three as "bright and promising students."

Mercer County PSP Troopers tell 21 News that the three students all died in a single-car crash around 9:00 p.m. Thursday around 908 Skunk Run Road.

According to a crash report, police as well as crews with the Stoneboro Volunteer Fire Company and Sandy Lake Fire and Rescue found the vehicle completely engulfed in flames. Troopers say the crash happened when the vehicle was trying to navigate a curve in the roadway and lost control.

The vehicle then struck a cluster of trees causing it to spin out and catch fire. Police were notified of the crash from an automatic crash notification from an Apple iPhone that pinged the location of Skunk Run Road.

21 News paid a visit to the crash site where our crews observed some debris from the vehicle near a tree along with some flowers laid out in memorial of the students. Pictures from the site are below.


We're told by district superintendent, Keith Wolfe that no students were scheduled to be in school Friday due to an in-service day.

Once students return to school, grief counseling will be available for students and ministers will also be present in the school. Students are still welcome to come to the Middle-High School on Friday to support their fellow students and loved ones.

The full statement from the district can be read below:

"It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that I announce the passing of three members of our small, loving, and close-knit school community. These bright and promising students left us too soon, leaving our community in deep sorrow."
"We are confident that our community, known for its unwavering love, support, and unity, will rally together in this time of grief. We will together to offer comfort and support to the families and friends, who are undoubtedly facing an unimaginable loss. As a community, we understand the importance of standing together during such trying times."
"Although there is no school today for our students, the Middle-High School will be open if students would like to come together to share support for each other. Grief counseling and support services will be made available to students who may be struggling with this loss. We are committed to ensuring that no one in our school faces this tragedy alone."
"The loss of any young person reminds us of the importance of cherishing each moment, holding our loved ones close, and supporting one another through life's challenges. Let us remember these students for the love, joy, and positivity they brought into our lives."
"In this time of grief, our small rural community stands together, demonstrating the strength of our bonds and the love we have for one another. Together, we will honor the memory of these students and provide the support and comfort needed to heal."
Superintendent Wolfe tells 21 News that in response to this incident, Lakeview's homecoming game scheduled for Friday, October 13 has been postponed and is being rescheduled for October 20 and will be combined with the district's Senior Night game.
Tonight's away game against Cambridge Springs will be going on as scheduled according to Lakeview's athletic director.