Tombstone teen killed in weekend crash identified

Tombstone teen killed in weekend crash identified

TOMBSTONE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The teenage girl killed in a weekend crash has been identified as Melody Olson, of Tombstone.

On Monday, Tombstone High students held a memorial for Olson.

"Here at Tombstone HS, we have about 330 students and we're like a close-knit family. So when we heard of the tragedy, it's like we lost one of our own," said David Thursby, Principal at Tombstone HS. "We lost a family member and that's why you can see the mood on campus is very somber."

Deputies of the Tombstone Marshal's Office and Cochise County Sheriff's Office responded to Milepost 15 on Charleston Road just after 8 p.m. Friday, according to a Facebook post by the Marshal's Office.

Investigators said a car carrying five high school students veered off the road and rolled into a nearby ditch.

Three passengers, including Olson, were thrown from the vehicle. Four survivors were flown by helicopter to Banner University Hospital or TMC Hospital for treatment.

"Today is not just about my niece, my niece has started her journey, it's about those that survived. It's a tragic accident and no one is to blame… I want the community to come together and wrap their arms around the four others that were impacted on this accident and I want them to pray for them and give out a healthy loving hand because that's what melody would want and that's what we all want," said Callahan.

The teenagers, all students at Tombstone High School, were driving to Sierra Vista after a school function, according to investigators.

"Melody was an infectious person. She, what people would call rebellion, was just melody. She lived outside the box. She followed her own tune, she was a leader at such a young age," said Julie Callahan, Melody's aunt. "The hurt, the pain, the anguish, the love, the community, the help that people don't get to see and I think that's unfortunate."

"It's beautiful and she's loved more than she knew," said Brandie Declet, Melody's mom.

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