Sand Springs High School Tries To Cope After 2nd Teen Dies From Crash


Monday, October 25th 2010, 5:30 pm
By: News On 6


By Lacie Lowry, News On 6    

SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma -- A second teen involved in Sunday's crash near Sand Springs died from her injuries Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, extra counselors were helping high school students in Sand Springs Monday after the weekend tragedy. Two 10th grade girls were killed in a car crash Sunday and one other girl has massive injuries.

Students at Charles Page High School found it hard to focus Monday. The fact that one life was lost and another is on the verge was too much.

"Fell to my knees and started bawling. I got the message last night and didn't think it was real," said Courtney Graves, Classmate.

Hannah Christian was in a car driven by 16-year-old Dani Johns. 14-year-old Mika Johns, the driver's sister, and 15-year-old Cassidy Rotramel were also in the car.

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According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Johns rolled through the intersection at 161st West Avenue and West 61st Street outside Sand Springs and was t-boned by another driver.

Christian died from her injuries at the scene. Rotramel later died after suffering massive head injuries. She was pronounced dead at Tulsa Hospital Monday.

"She's [Christian] been in at least one of my classes every single year and she is the sweetest person. She was so pretty. She reminds me of a porcelain doll," Graves said.

 Mika Johns has some internal injuries and Dani Johns had minor injuries.

No one in Johns' car was wearing a seatbelt.

"This is a very close knit group. Our teachers and our students care about each other and we've had numerous students seek out counseling," said Charles Paige High School Principal Stan Trout.

One hundred students have spoken with counselors. Most of them asking "why" and trying to make sense of it.

"These kids are still very young and they have a difficult time processing things like this that are so intensely emotional, so we are here as a support system," Trout said.

Christian was an excellent student and tutored other kids in math. Rotrammel was a varsity softball player, a live wire. Her team was at her bedside.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the driver, 16-year-old Dani Johns, was in violation of her graduated driver's license. She had one more person in the car than she was allowed.

Christian's and Rotrammel's families are making funeral arrangements.